Glass has played an integral part of construction and architecture through the years. With the dawn of green buildings in architecture glass is importantly becoming a part of design and construction.
Modern architecture involves the construction of energy efficient buildings. Commercial establishments consume a significant amount of energy today and are slated to consume even more in the future. Green design buildings facilitate sustainable use of resources like energy, water and other materials. Glass is a ‘wonder’ material as it is a combination of many different aspects such as transparency, natural day-lighting, blending of exteriors and we are going to be discussing this in today’s blog.
The energy consumed by the buildings in India can be reduced by a variety called solar control glass. It has been researched and found that Up to 90 million tonnes of CO2 emissions could be saved annually by 2020 if all Europe’s buildings were fitted with double-glazed Low-E insulating glass. Similar studies have found that in India 25% of energy consumed in buildings today is due to artificial lighting. This can be further reduced due to glass and its transparent nature. The heat gain which is the increase in temperature in a space that results from solar radiation can be further reduced with the help of solar control glass. Due to its properties solar energy is distributed in the form of heat during the winters whereas solar heat is rejected during the summers. This is called passive solar design and counts as one of the best ways to save energy while best utilizing the transparent nature of glass. This is a big step towards building energy efficient structures without compromising on the aesthetic front. This type of glass keeps your home/office comfortable throughout the year. The energy required to fully air condition the building is reduced by 8-10% if fitted properly. It is because of all these reasons that that installing solar control glass at home or in the office provides you with a comfortable environment to live and work in. uPVC windows and doors have a natural insulator present that seals the cooled air inside a building and can be used for similar purposes.
Ecosense which is a range of high performance glass introduced by AIS go well with the overall architecture of these new age energy efficient buildings. The three categories under which this variety of glass is sold are – Enhance (Solar Control), Exceed (Solar Control Low-E) and Essence (Low-E). With these three varieties architects can develop and strike a perfect balance of aesthetics, economy and environment. The range of Enhance glazing solutions comes in 15 different shades while the Exceed range is a low-E-double-glazed solution available in 12 different shades. The Ecosense Essence Low-E glass range helps buildings attain a better energy rating. Glass can definitely make your house more energy efficient while also adding comfort and a spacious feel to it. Another important factor to consider when it comes to uPVC windows and doors is the resistance they have to moisture, atmospheric pollutions and infestation which increases its longevity.
Energy efficiency has become a much bigger feature of architectural design over the years as compared to before. This transition of efficiency into architectural design has happened due to the advancements of architecture and technology. Replacement of inefficient glass in buildings so that central heating and cooling both can be turned down should be a top priority.