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Why green buildings have become the need of the hour

June 2, 2017

The environmental impact during construction of spaces like buildings can be quite massive. In most cases, they account for extensive debris, disturbance of the soil and topography of the area, as well as severe energy consumption along with toxic waste. Green buildings, however, are revolutionizing this concept by emerging as eco-friendly, energy saving and low waste generating solutions.

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A green building has been defined as one which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building.

The increasing concerns over global warming and environmental pollution have mandated the need for eco-friendly practices from everyone. In architecture, the emergence of sustainable materials like glass and uPVC have been a massive boom in allowing for green buildings. Not only do these structures offer enhanced comfort with superior aesthetics but go a long way in reducing one’s carbon footprint.

A green building is an architectural space that is created from natural and sustainable materials as well as formed using a process that does not significantly damage the environment around it. Glass plays a unique and important role in building design and the environment and can affect design, appearance, thermal performance and occupant comfort. The selection of the right glass is a crucial component of the design process. With modern glass customised to offer numerous benefits from insulation, safety, security and even privacy in a durable manner, this solution has become the prime choice for architects everywhere.

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One of the main types of glass transforming interior comfort and environment safety is energy efficient glass. This modern glass solution works wonders to reflect the heat waves and optimise the amount of daylight permeating the interiors in a bid for comfortable interiors naturally. The use of this type of glass across the facade of the building can help maintain a cooler temperature naturally while making full use of the natural brightness of the sun.

A green building made of glass looks impressive and modern while also doing wonders for the environment. This glass solution reduces the dependence on various artificial temperature and lighting gadgets drastically reducing the drain on the Earth’s natural resources. In addition, over time it can also lead to significant saving on energy bills. Further, a constantly run air conditioner or blower also releases harmful CO2 emissions in the environment further adding to the toxic levels. There are several popular energy efficient glass solutions for architects to choose from based on the location and type of building. These include:

Ecosense: A great solar control low E glass solution, Econsense allows interiors to take advantage of the bright sunlight without worrying about the heat. Available in natural shades this glass solution keeps your indoors bright and cheerful while keeping away the heat and infrared rays. This high performance glass is available in a number of variants to suit your needs such as

  • Ecosense Enhance (Solar control)
  • Ecosense Exceed (Solar control glass Low-E)
  • Ecosense Essence (Low – E)
  • Ecosense Edge (Solar control glass & thermal insulation – Low E)
  • Ecosense Excel (Solar Control Double Low-E range)

Opal: A leading heat reflective glass, this solution uses cutting-edge technology resulting in a durable and long-lasting shield. It is available in a wide range of shades, size and thickness, customisable for every customer’s need.

Sunshield:  The harsh glare of the sun during summers can be quite uncomfortable. The sunshield glass solution works perfectly to optimise light and curb heat transfer as its superior protective coating is available in different shades that allow optimum daylight in without the sharp glare or harmful UV radiation.

Supersilver: A perfect glass solution with heat-reflective glazing solution, supersilver is a must for anyone looking to protect their interiors from the heat of the sun while enjoying its bright light. In addition, this type of glass can also be used in combination with other glasses for providing solar, thermal and acoustic insulation.

These glass solutions are also extremely durable and resilient avoiding the need for constant repair work. Further, they can last for decades without any concerns avoiding the need for environmental damage with constant manufacturing and repair solutions. Along with solar control, glass solutions can also be customised to offer acoustic insulation, aesthetic decor, privacy on demand, burglar-proof security and interior safety benefits making it a complete solution in itself.

With climatic change reaching new heights every year, green buildings and sustainable architecture have become a responsibility for everyone. Adopting high performance glass with frames like uPVC enables individuals to enjoy luxurious comfort and stylish interiors while also protecting the environments.

 

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