A building’s design is very much influenced by the function it performs and the perceived threats that it may face – whether those are from natural disasters, accidents, or terrorist attacks – with the latter being a foremost concern for federal courthouses, embassies, government facilities, and other high-profile buildings. For these types of facilities, building materials are chosen based on their ability to mitigate or minimize the injuries and fatalities to occupants during an attack. Because of these security concerns, trade-offs have been made when it comes to daylighting, energy efficiency, and aesthetics, to name a few. The good news is that today, high-performance security glazing make-ups are available in the marketplace to meet the level of protection needed while continuing to provide natural light and a feeling of openness. These specialized systems can also blend with the surroundings seamlessly to enhance the building’s overall design.