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Architects have a love-hate relationship with glass. It is perhaps the only material available to enclose a building, and at the same time have some elements of the outdoors, like light and visual connect. Glass is perhaps the only material which lets you have the best of both worlds, the feeling of the external and the comfort of a controlled environment indoors.
A cramped-up space that is yellow-lit with a rather dull flooring that puts you in little open boxes called cabins. That was a picture of what office spaces looked like in the ’90s. But today, they are far from it. Designing a commercial space can be tricky. Today, these spaces are designed with much creativity and ingenuity, so that the humans who inhabit them for a good eight hours in a day do so with joy and enthusiasm.
Office Space Design: Does it Really Matter?
An office space that has been carefully designed and consists of meticulously chosen elements can uplift an employee and bring a heightened sense of responsibility and energy that matches the mood of the space. It forges better relationships and a sense of belongingness. Today, even the colour of the wall in a commercial space can change the way people feel. Yellow for energy, brown for reliability or purple for royalty, and so forth. But suppose you are looking to stand out beyond coloured walls, magnificent paintings, or attractive desks. In that case, you might want to add some grace, sheen, and that perfect professional touch using the timeless material – glass – in the form of office partitions.
Sounds brilliant but wondering what can be interesting about plain ol’ glass? Well, you are in luck! Because plain is not the new cool, a switch is!
Switchable glass or smart glass, as it is popularly called, is a wonder product with adjustable opacity. Flick that button without a second thought, and it quickly turns opaque or translucent from transparent. This is only the beginning; it’s time to dive into some of its benefits.
Who does not want to add some light into their lives? But, the light also brings with it that dreaded woe, heat – every rose has its thorn, right? Maintaining the right temperature in tandem with sufficient natural lighting is essential to creating a productivity-friendly work zone. This is what switchable glass brings to the table. Its ability to switch from transparent to translucent helps to balance the temperature while leaving the amount of natural light entering a space unaltered. This can be a smart and sustainable solution to keep the office spaces trendy and lit.
Is it becoming difficult to get some privacy these days? Only when you do not have the right privacy solutions with you!
Modern offices have adjacent rooms or spaces that are covered in glass. Then, there is also an ongoing trend of co-working spaces today. In such circumstances, it is easy to eat into one’s privacy, unintentionally. Switchable glass partitions tend to solve this problem with ease. Click that button to make the glass frosty, so that your room is free from the hustle and bustle of the external environment. This feature is especially useful for conducting important and confidential meetings and conferences. You get to experience the best of both worlds – privacy with continuity of design and seamless connection with the rest of the office.
They say, “Consistent maintenance is more effective, but it isn’t alluring.”
Therefore, you deserve your space to be both alluring and low-maintenance. It is quite unsavoury to have your office partitions in a dusty condition now and then or to have it stained, especially on days when you have to attend important meetings with a client. Switchable glass is a saviour in this area! It hardly collects dust as compared to normal annealed glass and can be easily wiped clean with a clean duster and some glass-cleaning agent.
Another of the key benefits of switchable glass partition lies in its portability. In case you are looking to change the layout of the one already installed in your office, it can be done in a snap! You will not be required to clear the office space or to turn the work at the office topsy-turvy just to add a touch of class to your office.
Isn’t this the convenience you were looking for?
“There are three responses to a design – yes, no, and wow. Wow is the one to aim for.”
If you are looking for nothing less than a wow, then a switchable glass partition is for you! It has become important that the commercial spaces of today reflect the mood of the modern-day and age and is more adaptable to the new generation. Switchable glass partitions have modernity written all over them, and by having such partitions installed in your office, you can create that perfect first impression on your clients, inspection team, and others.
It is not every day that you will find an all-in-one solution to your interior design worries. It’s an art to create a commercial space that is not only aesthetically appealing but is fun and easy to manage. And to know more about this art, AIS Glass is here to be your backbone! Our AIS Swytchglas is a revolutionary smart glass technology-injected to adjust its opacity levels. It gets activated in micro-seconds, lasts for a minimum of 20,000 cycles, and blocks 50% of the light in its ‘Off’ mode. Make sure to get in touch with us for switchable glass partitions that will ultimately turn the tables on the look and feel of your office.
If there’s one thing that has been a constant since time immemorial, it is the necessity and practical use of windows. An indispensable part of any architectural project, these structures allow ample natural light to invade the interiors of a space, enable proper air circulation within the four walls, and give a sense of seamless connection with the outdoors.
However, in today’s day and age, the purpose of windows extends way beyond functionality and pragmatism, way up to aesthetics! However, some are of the view that aesthetics should not be a factor of consideration in window glass choice. How true is that?
Window Aestheticism: Does it Really Matter?
The principle of aesthetics is driving modern-day architecture as beauty and design walk hand-in-hand inspiring each other as they go. As important as it is to be practical in our approach, equally important, it is to push the emotional buttons. Like the architect, Philip Johnson once stated, “Architecture is not about words. It’s about tears.” While you do not need to shed literal tears, if your home and its key elements – think fenestrations – do not stir your heart with a happy inner groaning, you’re doing it wrong!
It’s just like food – the more presentable and good it is to look at, the more it increases our hunger. Now, in its proper sense, modern architecture is only said to be successful when form and function work in tandem to enhance the life of the occupants in particular and the environment at large.
So, your home’s window glass must perform all of its original functions ‘in style.’
5 Stylish Window Styles to Give Your Home the Makeover it Needs
Here are five ways window glass can give your home the boost it needs – in terms of aesthetics, in terms of functionality.
#1 Inspiration Straight from the Churches of the Victorian Age
Yes, you guessed it right! We’re talking about those centuries-old fenestration techniques used in the manufacture of clerestory windows. Also popularly known as church windows, not many are aware that the history of clerestory window glass is much more antique – dating all the way back to the temples of ancient Egypt where the sufficient lighting of the hall of columns was achieved through piercing slits in vertical stone slabs over the roofs of the adjoining aisles.
So, by virtue of their invention, these windows are champions in providing that ‘extra’ natural light without disrupting the continuity in design of the space they’re installed in. Clerestory window glass is usually a row of windows installed way above the eye-level, either sitting right on top of a set of standard windows or otherwise. Modern architecture has borrowed these ancient marvels to create spaces that can downright seem heavenly.
However, there are more perks that go into making the final look ‘heavenly.’ Besides allowing more ambient light to flood the interiors, these windows leave the entire wall below free to let your design imaginations run as wild as a vulture’s cry. You are free to display your book collection, hang your most cherished works of art, showcase rare and valuable collectables, or simply have the wall covered in an eye-pleasing wallpaper.
Now, when it comes to the choice of space, it goes without saying that such windows are not the right fit for your bedroom, a space that is supposed to feel more cave-like. Clerestory window glass is a top-notch choice for kitchens, living rooms or lounging areas, and even bathrooms where you need to reconcile the need for privacy and natural light.
#2 Gazing into the Heavens: An Otherworldly Experience
If the sight of the ultra-clear blue sky covered in cotton candy-like puffy clouds adorned by birds in flight still gives you the jitters, welcome to the group of sky-gazers! We all love this sight as much as we do the other end of the spectrum – navy blue sky covered in shiny little but not-so-little stars. Sadly, we all have that one spot in our house that has the best sky view – be it the daytime or the night-time – but we simply can’t enjoy it because of all that concrete coming in the way.
But, what if the roof could open up for you to gaze deep into the eyes of the glorious creation that lies open for your taking already? Well, with skylight window glass, it can and it will! These windows are generally installed on the ceiling of a space, hence the name skylight windows, to act as a sort of spotlight for the room.
Well, while skylight window glass does serve the practical purpose of brightening otherwise dull spaces such as attics and in some homes, bathrooms, they are also aesthetic in nature. After all, can store-bought or even hand-crafted paintings and murals beat the creation of divine hands framed within your skylight window glass? Yes, nobody installs wall décor on the ceiling, but you get the drift. These windows add an otherworldly charm to an otherwise dim, uninspiring, and bland room.
#3 Creating Cosy, Sunny Nooks with a Gorgeous View
Sometimes, you need your windows to do double-duty to satisfy your aesthetic sensibilities. By that, we mean extra illumination, gorgeous views, and a bonus nook for self-rejuvenation. Yes, we’re talking about the classic bay windows! Available in a variety of styles such as box, oriel, circle, tudor, and more, bay windows include a set of three or more windows, either fixed or operable, for more natural light, better ventilation, seamless connection with the outdoors, and of course, a pleasant corner to spend some time in.
These windows are perfect for rooms that open up to a gorgeous view, but in any case, that would not be the bedroom again! We’ll come to that later. These windows even make for the perfect entry windows, welcoming guests in style and allowing you to keep an eye on who’s knocking at the front door. Moreover, your living room or parlour feels like it has suddenly expanded to eat up more space, when in reality, it hasn’t – that’s the space-maximising feature of bay windows at work!
Oh, and the additional space offered by these windows can have a variety of use cases – turn it into a serene reading nook or install sun-loving planters and herbs, or you can even have a cosy cushioned sofa installed for an area to lounge, eat breakfast, or enjoy a cup of tea while gazing at the beautiful view outside.
#4 Incorporating One of the Smartest Window Designs
Surprising as it may seem, even one of the smartest window glass designs to exist today may have very well adorned an old-timey storefront or even your grandma’s cottage –we’re talking about those usually modest in size, known for their roof-like cover, awning windows!
Like they say, “Never judge a book by its cover,” you can never judge a window by its size! Despite being compact in size, awning windows are exceptionally practical fenestration pieces that keep your space well-protected against various weather elements like rain, snow, dust, and hail while also making plenty of room for natural light to flood the interiors with its goodness.
Used mainly for proper ventilation, awning window glass is typically installed way high up near the ceiling and is an ideal choice for dimly-lit or stuffy rooms. On an average, these windows are installed in kitchens and bathrooms, but they can also be used in your bedroom high above the headboard for much-needed ventilation.
Yes, depending upon your choice of frame and glass, you can give them a totally unique aesthetic appeal; however, this window glass is a must for your luxury home as it is one of the most practical kinds available.
#5 Taking the Classic Route
When old is gold, how can classic casement or French windows ever go out of fashion? Having one or two operable panels, these windows hang by a hinge and generally push open outwards. Their operating mechanism is very similar to a door, and yes, these two window options are the classic route you can take for your master bedroom window glass.
Well, their design? Though considered to be aesthetically neutral, this is precisely the reason why these windows are so suitable for your private chamber and other places like above the kitchen sink and fireplace mantle.
Suppose your bedroom opens to a lush green patio brimming with life. In that case, we can guarantee you an otherworldly experience as you push open to the beauty that sits patiently waiting for your attention. Just like the nature outside, casement and French window glass have a subtle beauty to them that is not loud and demanding, but calm and naturally appealing to the senses, hence, the term ‘aesthetically neutral.’ One thing is for sure; these windows will gracefully complement the theme and style of your home’s interior design – whether vintage or modern, whether ornate or minimalistic, whether straightforward or eclectic.
Looking for premium-quality specialised window glass solutions for your home? Get in touch with AIS Glass today! As India’s leading integrated glass manufacturer, we offer a variety of glass solutions for all your window glass needs – privacy, security, acoustic and thermal comfort. So, adorn your home with modern-day glass solutions and turn the tables on its aesthetic and functional performance! Get in touch.
Ever walked into an office and been blown away by the smart use of colours? Bland and boring office spaces are a thing of the past. Today is the day and age of ensuring that the ambience of the office is productivity-friendly, and let’s be honest – nothing enhances productivity and lifts up our spirits more than colour. While we understand that you want to add colour without losing that professional look and feel of your office space, back painted glass is a product best-suited for your design needs.
Let’s take a look at how this colourful member of the glass family can elevate the look of your office space.
That Home-like Kitchen!
“Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.”- Wassily Kandinsky
To create a comfortable and open space for your employees, you can make the kitchen cabinets look a bit more colourful using back painted glass. The vibrant colours and shiny surface will give a modern and, needless to say, professional look. Also, as Mr. Wassily, the Great Russian painter and art theorist, rightly said colours do affect how you feel. So, you can be assured that the staff is going to feel cheerful when they sit down at the cafeteria after a long day of work to see either vibrantly-coloured table-tops or back painted glass wall panels.
Plus, since back painted glass is easy-to-clean, you need not worry about a few spillages!
“Mere colour can speak to the soul in thousand different ways.” – Oscar Wilde.
Don’t you agree with the words of this Irish poet and playwright? Colours have this fantastic capacity to evoke different emotions in people. It’s as if they speak to people. When you combine colours with décor, the effect is phenomenal. Also, the people working at a place use restrooms quite a few times during the day, and if you clad the washbasin surfaces and the walls of the area with back painted glass while colour-coordinating them with the hues of the doors and windows present in the space, you can create a one-of-a-kind appeal. After all, why compromise on the décor of such an important space! Even your clients and auditors will appreciate your efforts in this area.
Flamboyance Up and Down!
Elevators are a great space to put in more creativity and thought. Also, there are three static faces in an elevator. So, you can get a bit more creative with the interiors and clad either of the two static faces with a bright-coloured back painted glass fixated from floor to the ceiling and do the same with a mirror on the other face. Keep the third face of the elevator very basic. It will look aesthetically appealing because of that dash of colour. Moreover, you can click a professional “excited to get to work!” selfie while you’re in there.
Less is More
When it comes to designing an office space, it is always better to keep the lines crisp, clean, and non-distracting. Now, even if you want your office to look very simple and minimalistic, you can add that little hint of colour using back painted glass to give it an edgy and modern appeal. How? Well, cover all pillars in the mesmerising sheen of back painted glass – whether you wish to go for neutral tones or stick to more eye-catchy shades like bright yellows and reds is entirely up to you to decide. Yes, less is indeed more, but only when done the right way – back painted glass is your partner in achieving that minimalistic/modernistic look!
When it Boils down to Choosing Plan B
Plan A was all of the above-mentioned points. But, in case none of that appeals to your design sensibilities, there’s still hope because there’s still a plan B that you can try! Simply installing back painted glass-covered furniture pieces will also act as that perfect escapade from bland and uninspiring office interiors.
Just like the Los Angeles-based interior designer, Rose Tarlow, says, “Furniture must have a personality as well as be beautiful.” Adding a pop of colour with back painted glass to your tabletop or your chair or the reception desk is going to reflect your personality and exude professional vibes. The glassy feel will give the space an edge and create a positive and open atmosphere.
Well, aren’t you feeling a little inspired to get creative and colourful with your workspace? We’re not surprised! After all, back painted glass has an unmatched charm to it. Contact AIS Glass for your office décor needs. We are India’s largest integrated glass manufacturer and our back painted glass – AIS Décor – is available in 34 striking shades to help you create the look you desire. Our AIS Décor is easy-to-maintain, durable, eco-friendly, and has a premium-quality finish to stir up your hidden creative. So, why wait? Get in touch with our experts today!
“Broken rules are better than broken glass.”
For a long time, people stayed away from experimenting with glass. They feared that it would not complement their existing décor or that it is not reliable enough to offer safety and security. The image of glass in our minds has always been a delicate and risky substance. While earlier, it was most often used for commercial purposes, such as to give some personality to high-end restaurants or in offices that wanted to go for a modern look. Today, times have changed, and so have people.
Brave is the new normal. And why would it not be? Prioritising safety and aesthetics, today, décor glass is created using advanced technology that is capable of serving our unmet needs, just like tuffen glass!
Tuffen glass has been the town’s talk for a while now for its strength, which makes it resistant to shattering compared to standard glass. But even if it breaks, unlike the latter where the glass gets shattered into sharp shards, tuffen glass disintegrates into harmless, cube-like pieces rendering it easy to manage. This is because these glasses are heated above 600 degrees Celsius and quickly cooled to give it their nature – four to five times more impact-resistance than normal annealed glass. Most often referred to as toughened glass, over the years it has acquired a modern name – ‘Tuffen glass.’
Now let’s take a look at why tuffen glass might just be what you need to adorn your interiors with strength in style.
They say, “If soot stains your tunic, dye it black.”
But why let soot stain your tunic, when it can stay stain-free! One of the oldest quibbles on glass windows has been that they get stained quickly and are high-maintenance. Well, with tuffen glass, you can let go of your wiping woes because these glasses are, for most parts, resistant to scratches and stains. On the rare occasions that they do catch stains, you can wipe them off easily using a clean microfiber cloth and some glass-cleaning agent.
Tuffen glass is also wear-and-tear resistant, which makes it excellent for regular use. These glasses have also been able to stand up to the forces of nature, such as strong winds or hailstorms.
A hot shower after a tiring day can uplift your mood instantly. But is your glass-covered restroom fit to resist the heat?
Normal glass can get damaged when it comes in direct contact to heat. A slight temperature change can heat the glass to the extent of producing horrible cracks on it and rendering it unfit for your regular use. But not tuffen glass!
Tuffen glass can withstand high temperatures because of its compression-tension balance between its inner and outer layers. Therefore, these glasses can withstand high temperatures all year round and still look brand new. So, go ahead and give your kitchen and bathrooms strength in style with tuffen glass!
Well, isn’t it better to be safe than sorry?
So, keep your sorrys in the past with tuffen glass. Gone are the days when glasses were a vulnerable part of the décor, and therefore, needed to be protected. Adding glass to your décor isn’t just a showcase anymore’ it safeguards your habitat from break-ins, mishaps, and the impact of raging storms. Plus, its nature of breaking also offers much-needed protection from injuries. So, go ahead and be guilt-free to decorate your space with tuffen glass wherever you feel like.
Gone are the days when glasses were plain and boring. Take, for example, tuffen glass, which comes in numerous colors, textures, and sizes. Just as your needs may vary, these glasses adapt to your utilities by coming in different types. For some looking for privacy, there is soundproof or frosted tuffen glass. For others looking to add a bit of colour to their life with glass décor, they can go for coloured or patterned glass.
The fact that tuffen glass can be customised according to your needs is just what you might need to stand out. Moreover, every space reflects the people living in them, so why go for standardised décor solutions?
Embrace the grandeur by building your palace of glass with AIS Glass. With our AIS Stronglas, you can create that perfect and safe ambience in every corner of your home or office. Our AIS Stronglas is four to five times more impact-resistant than normal annealed glass and is highly durable and low-maintenance. It finds several use cases such as in table-tops, balustrades, facades, shelves, shower enclosures, and more!
Plus, you can have our AIS Stronglas customised – in terms of its size, design, and colour – to suit your design sensibilities and the rest of your space’s décor. So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with our experts today!
“Kitchens should be designed around what’s really important: fun, food, and life,” said the famous French chef and restaurateur – David Boulud. The chef had it right; serious is one word that should be avoided entirely when it comes to kitchen designing. The sight of scrumptious delicacies and the aroma coming from the kitchen captivates the heart of residents and guests alike. A great way to enhance this beautiful aura is to give your kitchen’s interiors an overhaul – a stunning contemporary look maybe or some vintage vibes, whatever you please so that it truly becomes a place that brings people together.
Glass has been becoming increasingly popular among interior designers and architects – a material that is incorporated more and more in ambitious projects. Among other members of the glass family, it is back-painted glass that takes the trophy in terms of aesthetics with its colourful appearance and functional brilliance.
Let’s see how this glass can transform your kitchen from drab to fab, that too in a jiffy.
Happy Kitchen, Happy Home: Make it So Using Back-Painted Glass
Happiness is a small house with a big kitchen. Now, even if the heart of your home is not big in size, does that mean you can’t go big with your design? Of course not! In fact, with the simple addition of back-painted glass to your kitchen interiors, you can create the culinary zone of your dreams! And here’s how you can do it.
Don’t Let the Counter-tops Go Bland
While pure white or marbled kitchen counter-tops look classic, they are too old-school. Plus, people often complain of the time-consuming task of getting rid of all that mess from those counter-tops, especially the kitchen island. Thankfully, with back-painted glass, that is no longer the problem! Not only can you add some much-needed sheen and colour to your counter-tops but you can also allow your little ones to assist you in your baking sessions without worrying about the mess – back-painted glass is extraordinarily low-maintenance and gets spick-and-span with a simple wipe.
Will You Leave out the Backsplash?
Now, if there’s one area in your kitchen that holds tremendous possibilities in terms of design, it’s the kitchen backsplash. After all, we can all agree that even dull chores like washing the dishes becomes a delight when you’re facing a productivity-inspiring coloured wall and a wide casement window that opens up to a garden in full bloom. Suppose you’re afraid of sticking to a monochrome tone. In that case, you have plenty of scope to play around and experiment – choose glass sheets of different colours and sizes to create a funky geometric pattern or stick to two complementary tones for the entire backsplash – the choice is yours!
Plus, as back-painted glass is low-maintenance and moisture-resistant, you need not fear spillages or the fact that your kitchen can suffer a little too much from humidity.
Organise Your Cutlery in Style
Whether you’re going for a sleek, traditional, elegant, or modern look for your kitchen space, you can never go wrong with back-painted glass on the kitchen cabinets! You get to organise your cutlery and other pantry items in style with the availability of such diverse colour options. For the newfangled modular kitchens, back-painted glass cabinets are incredible. You can choose from a plethora of colour and design options – choose a colour that complements well with the backsplash or counter-tops or opt for contrasting tones. Also, its non-porous characteristic means more hygiene and less time spent on wiping the clutter.
Need a Classic Place to Write down Your Grandma’s Recipes?
Always fiddling with your to-do list? With so much to do every day, a back-painted glass magnetic board is just the thing you need. Simply hang a board in front of your cooking space and write &read for that sense of complete control over your daily tasks. Plus, coming to our main point – a back-painted glass magnetic board is that perfect area to write down your family’s traditional recipes, meal prep ideas for the entire week, and menu for upcoming family luncheons, among others. And what’s more; you can do all of this without breaking the continuity of design and style of your space.
Are you in a hunt for world-class back painted glass solutions? Well, end your search here because AIS Glass, India’s leading integrated glass manufacturer, provides top-of-the-line back painted glass for all your aesthetic and functional needs. Known as AIS Décor, our back-painted glass is manufactured using premium-quality lacquer, is eco-friendly, durable and resistant to humidity and UV rays, and is ridiculously low-maintenance. Available in 34 striking shades, there’s a shade for everyone – vintage, royalty, classic, minimalistic, sophisticated, or whatever else your personal sensibilities may be.
So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us today for premium back-painted glass solutions!
Don’t you think decorating a space with glass is a work of art and vision? The sheer joy of bringing your imagination and ambient fantasy into reality with this sublime material is exceedingly cathartic.
Sculpting and shaping designs with glass are already changing the way we style the spaces around us. Decorative glass never fails to add a charming sense of luxury and uniqueness. No wonder, contemporary designers and architects are borderline obsessed with the practice of using customised glass in different shapes, sizes, design as well as finish to bring a space to life.
Glass has always been an integral part of recreating luxe and chic expanses. But, today, having the ability to customise glass into desired shapes and sizes will let you go beyond the usual boundaries of creation. Here is why you must incorporate customised decorative glass designs into your structures.
Turn Structures Extraordinaire’ into Reality
Let your vision be free from the shackles and bonds of execution. With modern advancements in glass, a lot that was not possible a decade ago can be a reality today! So, recreate your vivid visualisations, explore your imagination and invent never-seen-before concepts.
Let every corner be unique, and every door be remarkable. Highlight your interiors with distinct designs and flow. With the ability to bring striking creation into existence, build the most exquisite of spaces and interiors with customised and decorative glass. Now glass may seem like a delicate element, but it has an immense ability to uplift any idea with layers of beauty encompassed into it. Therefore, don’t shy away from exploring glass’s ability to turn around any space into a masterpiece.
Keep Up with What’s Hot and What’s Not
The way architects created grand arenas, humble spaces, or even a compact corner has evolved over the years. Today, experts want to erect designs that move beyond the typical craft used over the last decade. And, including decorative glass in this new wave of designs makes the ambience merge with the modern and contemporary themes of the overall experience in any space.
The modified perspective of sophisticated structures has given birth to using customised glass to highlight ordinary things like doors, windows, elegant installations, and much more. This idea uplifts the space and the environment of the house to fit the right essence.
Set Yourself Apart with Statement Sections and Interiors
Using decorative glass to redefine spaces will set a distinct tone for your interiors. Customising glass that you will be using will allow you to set yourself apart. Make a statement by bringing extraordinary art to life with customisable decorative glass. Add an exciting touch to simple corners by filling the space with never-seen-before glass structures.
Recreate the doors with marvellous arches and fill your walls with seamless and expansive windows to dwell uniqueness in every corner. Maintain a balanced rhythm throughout the environment for a wholesome experience.
To Infinity and Beyond with Decorative Glass
Live through the world of extraordinary interiors with the help of customised decorative glass. Make the impossible come true with the wide range of customisable glass options at AIS Glass. Known for our brilliant craftsmanship, we strive to make the most unique and special creations that your imagination has to offer. We specialise in bringing even the most intrinsic and sleek designs to life for your homes and offices.
We at AIS Glass, understand the importance of your space and value the efforts you are willing to put in to make these spaces special. We provide a stunning dynamic of decorative glass for various purposes and utility. Tell us your concepts and designs for your homes, offices and other areas and watch them turn into reality. Our existing clientele speaks volumes about the work we do and its quick delivery.
We have created a legacy of luxury interiors and contemporary outlook. Allow us to extend this legacy by providing you with our high end and premium services. Avail our decorative glass and customise it to suit your style.
The world is continually looking at revolutionised ways of framing spaces and designs. Using decorative glass reflects the modern theme and palette of choice.
So, don’t wait any longer! Get in touch with us and expose your space to the expertise of AIS Glass today!
Let’s face it! Human actions and deeds have directly impacted the environment we live in. With the evolving times, we are getting more aware and conscious about how our decisions are taking a drastic toll on our community and surroundings. To adapt and overcome such alarming issues, people are opting for wiser alternatives like green building facilities and establishments. Eco-friendly structures are taking over construction spaces to benefit the environment.
What Does a Green Building Embody?
A green building is any structure or establishment that extends positive impacts especially, with respect to the environment. These buildings are erected with a consciousness to reduce and eliminate critical impacts on climate change and temperature inclination.
The world is coming together to adapt green buildings as a solution to raging issues like climate change, global temperatures, overpopulation and disruption, all addressed under concerning global problems. The current age designers are looking at green buildings as a holistic approach for creating sustainable and thriving communities, and driving economic growth.
Green buildings use energy and resource like heat and water in an efficient manner to enhance and reinforce optimal performance. They thrive on renewable sources of energy like solar power which makes them highly apt in a resource consuming juncture.
They also use pollution and resource limiting methodologies that reflect extreme advantages as well. Their overall design and structure is extremely considerate towards the changing environment in today’s world.
In a nut shell, the concept of green buildings has left an impact on society – economically, physically as well as socially. The idea supports the cause of a healthy, sustainable and smart future by all means.
The world is indicating green buildings in their infrastructure globally. Eco-friendly construction and green building include using resources that are efficient and environmentally friendly. The concept is gaining immense popularity because of its incredible benefits and advantages that are not only limited to environmental impact. Read through the jaw-dropping benefits of green buildings that everyone should know.
Awards a Significantly Uplifted Indoor Quality of Life
It is a given that a well-developed and beneficial infrastructure directly impacts the quality of life of its inhabitants. And, over the past several years, designers and architects have ensured optimal methods of invention to deliver the most beneficial quality of life.
Green buildings improve the same by multiple ways like efficient light input, thermal conductivity to suit healthy performance and improved air quality amongst many other such benefits. Statistics show a terrific health growth of the people who dwell in such establishments. A study report reflects a hundred and one percent increase in mental and physical productivity amongst the people who worked in establishments and offices insulating a green building architecture.
Reduces, Reuses and Replenishes Water
Sounds too good to be true? Well, it is! Green buildings allow efficient ways to consume water right from the very construction of the structure. Their plumbing layouts also help in saving and reusing water to a massive extent. These buildings are known for their effective water sharing installations as well.
Several architectures include specially designed and engineered technologies that ensure the constant reusability of water. In today’s world where water wars are surfacing everywhere, green buildings are erected with a serious focus of managing this vital resource efficiently.
Reduces Strain on Energy Resources
It is no secret that the World is growing rapidly in terms of population and infrastructure. In such cases, it is critical to come up with ways to preserve resources that are required to sustain this massively growing and increasing number.
Green buildings ensure preservation of energy resources by putting a limit on their usage. Ingenious architectures have been including qualified technology that assists the motive of energy preservation and sustenance through green building and establishments.
So Many Benefits, Can’t Come Cheap? Green buildings Do!
Green buildings are known for their ability to save a tonne of money over the longer run. Although the initial cost of creating a green structure can be high in comparison to traditional buildings, their maintenance over several years more than makes up for it.
Lastly, they aid in benefiting not just the makers but, a group of different people in totality. Right from when they are made, green buildings increase the property value for the developers. They also help the tenants that reside in them with utility bills. Don’t forget to remind yourselves that green buildings also help save a decent amount of money with your water and energy bills over the years.
Inculcates Natural and Renewable Resources as a Way of Life
An architect’s primary objective is to create a structure that uses maximum amount of natural and renewable resources like solar energy, wind energy and thermal energy to sustain. This practice helps in preserving our environment by leveraging the natural resources present around us.
Green buildings eliminate the use of toxic resources by vast lengths. What’s more, even the initiating process doesn’t require non-renewable resources like coal or crude oil. Traditional buildings emit large amount of pollution right in the beginning of construction process as they don’t shy away from using copious amounts of coal and petroleum.
Keeps Your Carbon Footprint in Check
Sure, we all want to protect the environment, but how often do we consciously find the time and inclination to do so?But, green buildings do! Indeed, theyare known for significantly reducing carbon footprint in the environment.
A lot of multinational brands are opting for such structures for a greener future. The global carbon footprint accountability is crossing alarming levels on an everyday basis. The world needs to come together to reduce its contribution towards the overall carbon footprint. Green buildings are a fabulous solution to this worrisome issue.
Ensures Reflection of a Cleaner Environment
Green buildings not only reduce carbon footprints and limit the usage of non-renewable resources but, also help in working towards cleaner air by eliminating toxic pollutants that revolve around us constantly. They are known for their ability to improve air quality.
With air quality index giving us a tough time, especially in metropolitan cities, opting for green infrastructure will ensure improved air quality and organic life around the city.
Lets You Upcycle Your Way Through Creation
Upcycling or recycling has become a saviour for innovation with a purpose. Architects and designers are on a constant lookout for ways to optimise their structures. Recycling has taken the architectural world by a storm because of its multiple benefits. Reusing existing and available raw materials to build a structure like green building helps in extremely productive ways.
Pitches Unmatched Durability for Owners
Green buildings are a no-brainer decision as they enclose such great deal of benefits. They are a wise investment that go a very long way. It is crucial to understand the profit green structures reel in over an extended period with low maintenance costs, healthy living environment and optimal lifestyle changes. Green materials ensure longer durability and strength as well.
One Step Closer Towards a Smarter Nation
Green buildings are a power packed opportunity for development in so many different ways. They are laying down a strong foundation for the future that is awaiting us. The development of green buildings demand more advanced, educated and skilled labour than just manually functional labours required for traditional building constructions. This is creating a necessity for more qualified professionals, allowing the community to educate themselves for rewarding job opportunities. The overall physical efforts that was being spent towards construction has reduced with the technological efficiency and new age construction.
Encourages Architects to Innovate Towards a Better Future
The world needs better solutions to make up for the constant distress that has been caused by human actions. Green buildings allow designers and architectures to explore boundaries of smart innovation. They extend optimum ways to utilise existing resources to reduce negative impacts on the environment.
Several benefits of green buildings show that it is possible for architects to design establishments that help in sustaining the human kind in effective ways. These green buildings require strong and premium quality resources to build the structure. It is important to approach brands that assist in delivering such high-end resources. One of the leading names is our service under AIS Glass.
At AIS Glass, we believe that green buildings have revolutionised the way we looked at sustainable development under the infrastructure sector. These structures reflect a healthy and beneficial lifestyle for today’s beings, and we want to do our part!
Therefore, at AIS Glass, we strive to deliver top-notch materials to build strong and sustainable structures in the country. Our clientele has appreciated our services and delivery of high-quality products and experiences. Associate with us to create a new sustaining green building that represents quality life filled with better future for its inhabitants.
Leverage the innovative idea of green building and reshape the way we plan our surroundings. Build a better future with efficient and beneficial outcomes.
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From the monumental Hall of Mirrors at Versaillesto the astronomic marvel Burj Khalifa in Dubai, few architectural elements can compete with the mirror blaze.
Especially nowadays, mirrors have taken over modern décor like no other design element. Versatile and classy, they can spruce up your indoors to create a visual look you will want to flaunt.
You can use a large mirror to create a focal point or add depth to small rooms and dark corners. However, to create unmatched visual appeal, your best bet is to use mirrors as decorative elements. But unfortunately, not many know the myriad of benefits mirrors provide, because misinformation around them remain in circulation.
Below, we debunk five common misconceptions about using mirror glass at home.
#1 Mirror Glass Breaks Easily
Maybe a decade back, they did. But mirrors today are built more durable, thanks to the advancement in technology. Nonetheless, the longevity of mirror glass will depend mainly on the quality of the built, as well as how you maintain it over time. Good for you, mirrors do not require extreme care. You only need to wipe the mirror glass surface with a cleaning solution, to keep it looking brand new.
That said, mirrors can still break when met with force or impact. However, when installed securely, you can leave your worries to the wind!
#2 Mirror Glass Rusts Quickly
Mirrors with copper coating are usually the ones to rust over time. Primarily because copper oxidises when exposed to moisture and wears away.
This often causes a brownish stain or a thin layer of tarnish to appear on the mirror glass surface, mostly edges. As a result, the optical clarity of the mirror is compromised. However, if you use mirrors manufactured with protective coatings, you can avoid rusty mirror surfaces easily.
#3 Mirrors Are Inauspicious
A widely spread misbelief about mirror glass is how it invites negativity in homes, especially cracked or broken mirrors, which apparently symbolise “seven years of bad luck.” But in truth, Romans started the superstition only to make people take better care of their mirrors, which at the time were brittle but expensive.
In contrast, Vaastu Shastra – the Indian “Science of Architecture” – accords immense importance to the use of mirrors at homes. When placed strategically, mirror glass is said to become a source of positivity and better health. To that end, you should always use square or rectangular mirrors to improve the Vaastu component of your home naturally.
#4 Mirrors Lack Style Flexibility
Because mirrors are primarily used as looking glass, few know how to use them for décor purposes. However, you can use mirror glass in a host of creative ways to build visual interest. Play with shapes and sizes to find one which suits your taste; the market is full of ornately crafted mirror pieces ready for use.
Not only for minimalistic or contemporary styles, but mirrors will also be compatible with any aesthetic of your choice. Go for a mirror outlined with LED lights in bathrooms to mix premium aesthetics with functionality. Or else, rock a statement mirror in the old style to achieve a rustic, timeless ambience. In any case, mirrors will work significantly to alleviate your home décor.
#5 Mirror Glass Reflects Too Much Light
Because mirrors reflect natural light, they are often used to make smaller spaces appear more expansive. However, some homeowners hesitate to use them in fears of increased indoor heat. While mirrors can increase the natural light cast inside, they only do so when placed in front of the light source.
The key is to position them in a way that amplifies the natural elements. Got a room without fenestrations? You can place mirror glass near a bulb or lamp source to double up the brightness naturally. Moreover, the reflective nature of mirrors can expand the space visually and add a sense of depth to any dark corners.
How to Spruce Up Your Home Décor with Mirror Glass
Now that we have debunked common misconceptions about mirrors, here are a few tips to help you make the most of them:
Always Complement Décor – Other than the light sources, you can use mirrors to reflect angular spaces in your homes. Mirrors can accentuate your home architecture to create excellent visual appeal.
Hang, But Not Too High – As a rule of thumb – always hang a mirror at eye level and use professional help to secure them safely in place. But if you do not want to hang the mirror glass, try propping up a statement mirror against a wall.
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Be it for spaces as personal as homes or as professional as corporate workplaces, modern advancements in glass innovation technology have made it possible to create gemlike structures whose glistening bodies defy the traditional sense of space. As magnificent as they look outwardly, these do rouse sceptic thoughts like, “How exactly does glass support all this weight and provide an optimal level of protection?” Well, via tempered glass, that’s how!
Tempered glass is unlike its parent product in terms of safety – standard annealed glass; however, all of that still depends upon a couple of pointers, as discussed below.
The Safety Aspect
Also known as toughened safety glass, it is self-evident that safety and security are the features that render meaning to the existence of tempered glass. Therefore, it only makes sense to give it the centre stage. You’re looking to purchase tempered glass because ‘safety always comes first,’ so make sure the glass has also been designed keeping that in mind.
Normally, a premium-quality tempered glass is four to five times stronger than standard annealed glass. This makes it highly impact-resistant. However, if you’ve heard others in your circle complain of toughened glass breakage, it probably was a result of improper installation when minor chips or dings in the glass were neglected, and later snowballed into larger defects, ultimately shattering the glass. Enquire and ensure that the tempered glass you’ve decided on purchasing has been manufactured in compliance with BS 6206 norms for tempered glass impact resistance.
Balancing the Function with the Form
Of course, it’s about safety, but it’s not about it alone – the tempered glass you purchase must also satisfy your appetite for aesthetics. If you’re also among those who are under the impression that opting for tempered glass means going all bland, you’ve simply come across suppliers whose tempered glass solutions indeed offer no aesthetic rush. However, the good news is that tempered glass’ availability is not merely limited to its standard sandwiched-green colour or so it appears. You can find textured and enamel-painted toughened glass that dutifully offers a high degree of protection from break-ins and impacts while also serving decorative needs of architecture.
Credibility of the Glass Supplier
Now, it is a no-brainer that your tempered glass will be as good as the supplier manufacturing it. Do your homework, and do it well before you zero in and commit to a toughened glass provider. Maybe ask your friends, colleagues, and family for guidance in this area. Do your individual research, shortlist a number
of suppliers you find credible, and go through reviews on their websites and even third-party websites, if you can find. It is when you compare between brands that you will not end up settling for a sub-par tempered glass supplier.
What you need to look for is a supplier with a proper brand reach and satisfied customers. Highly reputed brands can be trusted with their credibility, quality of tempered glass, and other allied services. Also, and this is perhaps the most important part; do not forget to quiz your tempered glass supplier on the safety tests they run to ensure that the glass they’re producing is in line with the impact resistance norms of BS 6206.
Now, once the credibility of the tempered glass supplier has been checked off your list, another thing to ensure is whether or not you can avail integrated services. The process from the selection to the final installation of tempered glass is a highly complex and lengthy one, best done when you do not need to approach separate professionals – one for glass procurement, another for its installation, and so on. Your ambitious architectural projects, both commercial and residential, are best handled by a one-stop-solution company. For this, your best bet is to choose a brand with a broad reach as they are most likely to cover all steps involved from selection and purchase to installation and after-sales services. Also, such a supplier is more likely to house several varieties of the product.
Safety is paramount, be it on the road or within the four walls of a structure, and tempered glass with its highly impressive sturdiness and impact-resistance features has transformed the way people think about glass and its fragility. Perfect for doors and windows, room partitions, tabletops, kitchen cabinets and countertops, even skylights and glass canopies, this member of the glass family has become the go-to choice for those who value safety like their life depends upon it, because it does!
Looking for premium-quality tempered glass to serve your aesthetic and functional needs? Then get in touch with AIS Glass – India’s largest integrated glass manufacturer in both the architectural and automotive segments. Our tempered glass – AIS Stronglas – is durable, four to five times more impact-resistant than standard annealed glass, and available even for decorative purposes under the name AIS Ceramic Fit. Get in touch with our experts today to know more about our specialised glass solutions!
From the standpoint of safety, both windows and doors are the weakest entry points in any architectural unit. As a result, they are more susceptible to security attacks and intrusions. Not to mention, numerous glass manufacturers in the market promise unmatched quality and premier service life but hardly deliver any.
Especially nowadays, when intrusions and thefts have become more commonplace, fears over security have become paramount. Therefore, the type of glass we use to make our exterior doors and windows has become crucial in keeping our indoors safe from security breaches.
And speaking of enhanced security in residential and commercial space, here are the glasses which work the best.
Laminated glass comprises two sheets of standard annealed glass fused together with a special interlayer of Poly Vinyl Butyral (PVB) in between. The thick glass formed, as a result, can easily resist impacts by absorbing impact shocks and resisting extreme degrees of penetration.
Consequently, any forced intrusions will be quite challenging to execute; this reduces theft attempts tremendously. In addition to improved security, laminated glass also offers additional advantages, as discussed below.
Acoustic Comfort – Given the levels of noise pollution in urban centers, the need for noise cancellation has become paramount. Fortunately, laminated glass can dampen outside noise for better noise reduction. Moreover, you can even request your glass manufacturers to include sound reduction interlayers in your fenestrations for additional soundproofing.
Solar Control – Combined with a heat-absorbing tint or low-E coating, laminated glass can reduce heat gain and bring down energy costs tremendously. Additionally, it also acts as a shield against solar glare. Based on the thickness of the glass, laminated glass can even resist harmful UV rays effectively.
Enhanced Visibility – Laminated glass surface usually has low visual distortions, so it appears virtually invisible. This allows the glass to reflect sharp images for greater clarity. Because of the enhanced visibility, laminated glass works exceptionally well for bay or picture windows, which many homebuyers shy away from over safety concerns.
Also known as toughened or safety glass, tempered glass is highly suitable for external windows and doors. Because of a quick-cooling manufacturing process, the glass is highly durable and resilient to impact, making it less likely to shatter upon breakage.
As a result, the glass is the perfect choice for regions that experience heavy wind loads or thermal stress. Moreover, other than excellent impact resilience, tempered glass also offers benefits.
Heat Resistance – In comparison to ordinary glass, tempered glass offers up to five times better heat resistance. It can withstand high temperatures quickly, showing excellent heat control properties. As a result, you can enjoy greater heat insulation, as well as reduced energy costs.
Protection from UV Rays – Windows and doors manufactured with tempered glass can protect against harmful UV rays since it can absorb around 65% of the UV rays which fall on its surface. Additionally, you can also use window tints to improve the solar control properties of tempered glass furthermore.
Reduced Risk of Injury – Generally, tempered glass shows high resilience against impact, which is why many reinforced windows in both commercial and residential spaces use it. However, in case the glass ever breaks, the risk of injury is minimum as it breaks away in small, tiny pieces.
Heat Strengthened Glass
Heat-strengthened glass is a type of processed glass which offers better thermal resistance and is twice as tough as standard glass. Consequently, it befits security needs perfectly. Heat-strengthened glass also provides numerous advantages.
Unique Breakage System – Unlike other glasses, heat-strengthened glass cracks radially, from the breakage point to the edges of the glass into large and sharp fragments. This creates a support system for the cracked pieces. As a result, the pieces remain intact and do not fall off, reducing the risk of injury.
Ability to Handle Thermal Shocks – Heat-strengthened glass can resist extreme thermal shocks and stress, which will typically break the standard glass. The glass can easily withstand thermal differentials of up to 130-degree Celsius.
Fire Resistant Glass
A type of laminated glass with a layer of intumescence, fire-resistant glass can easily withstand an extreme level of heat and prevent heat transfer. Primarily built to contain the spread of fire, the glass becomes a shield in unfortunate cases of fire breakouts. Fire-resistant glass also shows high resilience to impact and thermal stress.
To Sum Up
While these four glasses can minimise safety threats efficiently, investing in window locks, sensors, or bars is an excellent way to score additional security. Designed especially for safety concerns, these can lay down your worries over the home and office security to proper rest.
Nonetheless, to secure superior-quality glazing solutions for your windows and doors, opt for established glass manufacturers such as AIS Glass. We offer end-to-end solutions from product selection to installation, even after-sales support. Our specialised solutions, such as AIS Securityglas and AIS Valuglas are for both safety and aesthetic comfort. For further information, get in touch with us today!
Is there anything more splendid than an uncomplicated and placid pane of glass? It is indeed a stellar material for uplifting your office’s décor and awarding it with an exuberant sense of space. But, often people worry whether glass can offer more than just delightful aesthetics. Is it a truly functional and long-lasting material? The answer is a resounding, yes! Enter tempered glass for its exceptional range of operational benefits.
What is Tempered Glass?
Tempered glass is made from annealed glass panes that undergo a unique process of heat tempering. Due to heat tempering, this surface becomes at least four to five times stronger than standard glass – a highly valuable quality for an interior construction material at an office.
The Science behind Tempered Glass
Before we get into how this glass type comes to life, you must know that once the glass is tempered, it cannot be cut or drilled. If you are looking for tempered glass, make sure the sandblasting or acid etching is done before heat tempering. All manufacturers prepare standard glass beforehand by shaping and frosting it as per the customer’s dimensions. After this, the glass pane undergoes heat treatment.
During this process, the surface travels through a tempering oven responsible for heating the glass to a high temperature of about 600 to 620 degrees Celsius. The glass then rolls out to undergo high-pressure cooling called “quenching.”
The process of quenching rapidly cools down the outer surface while the inner surface of glass remains hot. All of this creates tension within the entire pane, and by the time the inner surface of the glass cools down, you get a strong and robust tempered glass surface.
What Makes it a Great Choice for Your Office?
Investing in the undulating strength of tempered glass is a no-brainer. Sure, it enhances aesthetics but also offers ease of movement and incredible functionality to your office. But, is that all? Far from it! Check out other benefits tempered glass surfaces provide your office with.
Never Compromises on Safety
Apart from incredible strength, tempered glass is a fantastic choice to keep your office safe. How? It rarely breaks, and when it does, it never shatters into sharp jagged shards. Even upon massive impact, tempered glass develops multiple cracks and shatters into blunt, nugget-like pieces incapable of hurting the office staff scuttling around.
A standard annealed glass pane can indeed break into sharp pieces that may cause severe injuries to people working around and is also harder to clean. So, if you are considering glass dividers, cabins, walls, or doors for your office, go for tempered glass.
Resists Scratches and Other Damage
Of course, you want your office décor to maintain its sheen and lightness for years on end. And, tempered glass makes it possible. This surface does not deal damage the same way other décor materials would. Since tempered glass is incredibly durable, it can comfortably withstand daily wear-and-tear.
Let’s face it! Most offices experience significant footfall from both staff and clients, which makes this space prone to ageing early. But not if you use tempered glass. Given its resistance to scratches, chips, cracks, dings and dents, tempered glass keeps your office looking brand spanking new for years on end.
Spoils You for Choice
Tempered glass comes in such a wide variety of designs and patterns that you are bound to find something that suits the mood you want to set in your office. From clear to engraved to coloured, there is a lot you can do with this office décor material.
Tempered glass is also great for office washroom partitions and doors. In a nutshell, this glass type offers you heaps of applications that go far beyond the usual.
Belongs to the Fit-and-Forget Category
One of the primary points of worry at offices is related to maintenance. But, not if you have tempered glass covering the majority of expanse. This glass type requires bare minimum maintenance. Given its strength, durability, and resistance to scratches, there is not much to maintain.
Tempered glass also does not collect dust, grime, or debris easily. Therefore, all that your janitorial staff needs to do with tempered glass is clean it once a week with a damp fibre cloth.
The Bottom Line
It is not that hard to figure out that tempered glass is indeed the top choice for your office space. But, finding a true-blue glass expert to help out with the best quality of tempered glass may be a challenge in its own right.
Are you looking for tempered glass for your office? If so, then rely on AIS Glass – India’s leading glass manufacturing company. We offer a vast spectrum of glass solutions that also include top-notch quality of heat tempered panes. Our expert squad provides a quick turn-around time and end-to-end services, from selection to installation to incredible after-sales support.
To know more, get in touch with us today!
The fascinating tales of unicorns and mermaids are often the highlights of our childhood, where such stories continuously played with our imaginations. However, as we grew up, reality taught us that they were nothing but myths. But who can blame this? What cannot be explained often turns into conspiracies and myths. As a renowned author and poet, John J. Geddes had said, “Myths aren’t fairy tales or legends – they’re an honest attempt to explain mysteries.”
Myths aren’t just about magical creatures or a dystopian life, as you can hear about them even today, especially when anything new arrives to break the norm. In architecture, innovations happen every day, but as these new products arrive in the market, they’re often waved off with myths and disbeliefs due to the lack of usage. In modern-day architecture, one such product that has a lot of myths circulating the market is reflective glass.
Reflective Glass: Popularity and Misconceptions Go Hand-in-Hand
Contemporary spaces are all about creating the right blend of style and practicality, and glass is integral to this. Today, glass is not about fragility but rather about smart engineering and efficient usage, as glass structures can be designed for offering a sense of luxury while simultaneously providing benefits such as privacy, temperature regulation, security, etc.
Modern homeowners often opt for glass panels, doors, chambers, sliders, etc. to give their space a minimal yet luxurious tone. A significant part of this is reflective glass, with its numerous benefits and sleek design. Its practicality and wide availability have made reflective glass a go-to for many vehicles, businesses, and homeowners as well, especially since renovators or architects themselves often recommend it. However, since it is still relatively new, several myths surround it and its implementation in modern spaces. However, it is time to bust these myths, so let’s take a look at what they are and why they aren’t true.
The Myths Debunked
Reflective Glass is an Unworthy Investment
One of the most common myths about reflective glass is how it is an utter waste of money since it often turns purple, bubbles are spread throughout the film, or simply because they haven’t been built to last forever. However, we’ve all heard the adage, “nothing lasts forever,” which obviously applies to this as well. However, such claims about this glass can only be true when they’re installed without professional help. When installed properly, reflective glass can last almost two decades while providing you with numerous benefits such as maintaining privacy, low-maintenance, controlling the sun’s glare that enters your space, and more.
Age is a Reflective Glass’ Enemy
People usually prefer to purchase long-lasting, durable materials when decorating or establishing their space. While this applies to almost every material, many completely disband reflective glass of being the same and blatantly blame it for not being long-lasting. It’s the opposite, as a professionally-installed, high-quality one will actually last you quite long, and it will even continue to be sleek and beautiful, rather than its colours fading away.
All Show and No Go
Another common myth about reflective glass that is quite common among many homeowners is how it is just for cosmetic purposes and only adds to the appearance of a space. That is largely untrue because reflective glasses provide several benefits that make them a necessary choice for many modern homes. Firstly, reflective glasses are the perfect solution for maintaining privacy since those on the outside cannot see through them. Secondly, they reduce the amount of glare that enters your space, blocking out the harmful UV rays. Thirdly, they’re also available with a low-E coating, which will help your space earn Energy Star and LEED credits as well. These are just a few of the many benefits of installing reflective glass.
Reflective Glasses are Tough to Clean
Many also consider reflective glass to be problematic when it comes to maintenance and cleaning. That’s yet another myth that makes no sense, as they can be cleaned the same way as other glasses. The only thing to be kept in mind is to check the specifications of the film for detailed instructions. Other than that, your cleaning routine will be the same, irrespective of the installed reflective glass.
AIS Glass for Expert Glass Solutions
Now that the myths are done and dusted, it is pretty clear how good reflective glass really is. If you wish to purchase it, then AIS Glass is here to provide you with best-in-class products and expert solutions. As India’s leading integrated glass manufacturer, our team of experts at AIS Glass offers unrivalled 360-degree solutions in glass products and allied services. Our AIS SunShield is a premium-quality heat-reflective glass ideal for a wide variety of architectural applications and available in varying shades, sizes, and thicknesses. So, contact us today for a hassle-free purchase!
“A green building should create delight when entered, serenity and health when occupied, and regret when departed.”
Conceptually speaking, a green building is any building designed to eliminate or lower the negative impacts, on both the built and natural environment. Green buildings typically use non-toxic building materials, while the building designs are in response to the specific climatic needs.
Most importantly, green buildings are designed to have a positive impact on the natural environment as well. Even in construction and operation, these buildings focus on improving the quality of life by harnessing natural elements. Put simply – sustainability is at the heart of green building concept.
Origins of Green Building Concept
Besides, sustainability was a significant part of architectural designs in ancient India. The Vedic philosophy even lists five methods which can maximise the use of Panch Mahabhuta or the five basic elements of nature, including – Agni (Fire), Vayu (Air), Avkash (Space), Jal (Water), and Prithvi (Earth)– without causing any harm to nature.
Our ancient builders tried to create a harmony between the five elements when planning buildings and construction, a science they called Vastushastra. The science emphasised open spaces in the centre of the building to promote daylighting and cross-ventilation. Builders usually constructed kitchens in the south-east portion, which received a lower degree of sunrays to avoid high temperatures.
At the same time, ancient builders did not compromise on aesthetics or style, as evident from our rich architectural heritage. Incidentally, the forgotten traditions have witnessed a surprising revival in the emergence of ‘green’ buildings recently. But awareness around green buildings is relatively inadequate while the myths remain in abundance.
Below, we look at six myths about green buildings that you should not believe in.
Myth #1 Green Buildings Are Inefficient in Comparison to Traditional Buildings
Contrary to popular belief, ‘green’ buildings are as efficient as traditional buildings. They are made with far superior technologies and modern practices to ensure sustainable, reliable, and efficient design. Occupants also enjoy comparatively better energy-efficiency and healthier living environment in green buildings.
Moreover, the building materials and techniques employed in construction focus on optimised resource allocation and reduced construction waste. As a result, green buildings cut down operation costs significantly.
Myth #2 Green Buildings are Expensive
Perhaps the most common myth about green buildings, especially amongst the common man. But in truth, sustainability is achievable and affordable. If you consider the overall life-cycle costs, a green building does not cost more than a traditional building.
In fact, green buildings typically have a payback period of one or two years. Your initial investments will let you enjoy reduced energy costs, better indoor air quality, enhanced durability, and healthier indoors. Best of all, green buildings usually have a comparatively higher resale value.
Myth #3 Green Buildings Lack Visual Appeal
The idea of ‘green’ architecture is merely limited to building practices, principles, and methodologies. There is no specific ‘look’ or ‘feel’ to a green building. Nonetheless, most people assume green buildings look wacky and lack visual appeal.
On the contrary, occupants can choose any style or aesthetic they wish to incorporate in the building design. Like any conventional building, green buildings can be absolute head-turners, from both the outside and inside.
Myth #4 “Green” Materials are Not Easily Accessible
Unlike popular opinion, green building materials are available in abundance. Easily accessible, these materials are also affordable, costing no more than the typical building materials. Green products mostly comprise recycled materials and Agri-based products, which can cut down construction costs considerably.
However, such misconceptions continue to arise because of misinformation about green buildings. But with more awareness, the development and demand for ‘green’ raw materials will only increase. Markets for recycled content and sustainable materials will increase steadily.
Myth #5 Green Buildings are Only Trends, Not the Future
Many consider green buildings to be mere trends which arose in response to increasing environmental concerns, primarily because, green buildings became a part of the mainstream quite recently. However, the practice of building ‘green’ has been around for centuries, as exemplified by the introduction to this article.
Presently, as builders face acute resource and waste management crisis, the necessity for green buildings has only grown. Especially as the need for sustainability has increased, green buildings are gaining fast traction in India. Most importantly, as green materials become readily available in local markets, green buildings are sure to take precedence over conventional ones.
To Sum Up
Today, green buildings are becoming popular, sustainable alternatives to conventional ones and residential spaces are no exception. If you are looking for green solutions for your home or office remodels, AIS Glass should be your top pick.
We offer a wide variety of glazing solutions for energy-efficiency and premier aesthetics. Get our unique range of high-performance glass solutions, which are equally secure, stylish, and durable.
Contact us to avail an expert consultation today!