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Glass Inspired Architectural Marvels of the Decade

People all across the globe have had a long-standing love affair with glass as a material for all types of dwellings. Architects around the world are enamoured with its beauty, versatility and unique technical capabilities. The way glass reflects light is genuinely mesmerising. The way it creates an expansive sense of space is unachievable with any other material. No wonder designers and architects around the world wax lyrical about the exquisite and fluidic properties of glass. They are gaga about the panache and class it adds to any type of dwelling.

Earlier, glass was mostly used for windows, doors and partitions, but in the last decade or so, its utility has been taken to a whole new level. Several buildings across the world have popped up with a glass exterior, and they shimmer and stand out like no other. Let us look at a few glass-inspired marvels of the decade around the world.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Who does not know of this iconic building in Dubai? It is, after all, the highest manmade structure in the world. Standing tall at 2,716.5 feet, the Burj Khalifa’s façade boasts an impeccable combination of glass, aluminium and silicone. Special consideration was given to minimise heat transmission for energy conservation. More than 24,000 cladding panels were used over a whopping curtain wall area of 132,000 meters to achieve energy-efficiency. The glass on the exterior facade includes high-performance reflective glazing. The Khalifa comprises of multitudes of silicone sealants, structural adhesives, aluminium mullions etc.

The Shard in London

The Shard in London is quite literally a shard of glass near the London Bridge. It is a commercial tower made from glass, reinforced concrete and steel. The tower uses a bright blue, highly reflective laminated glass to reflect excessive heat. The shard reflects the sky, clouds and the sun of the city of London beautifully. On a sunny day, the building shimmers unabashedly much like a shard of glass.

This 94-storey high glass shard was designed by the Italian architect, Renzo Piano and was unveiled for the public in 2013. The Shard is a neo-futuristic piece of a fluidic skyscraper that poses as a wonder to all who visit this timeless city. It also has a 53-meter-deep foundation that provides it with unwavering support. 

The Shanghai Tower in China

The world’s second-highest structure also houses the world’s highest observation deck. The Shanghai tower is a flag bearer of modern-day architecture. The tower’s core is made up of 30 square meters worth of concrete. This base supports an outer structure made of laminated glass. This transparent façade looks glorious and also provides unique structural sensibilities to the tower. This glassy skyscraper utilises two layers of highly-reflective glass panels to lower heat absorption and provide extra strength to withstand the harsh wind loads that the building must endure at such a height. 

This tower breaks several architectural records around the world, but all of it pales in comparison to the fact that the Shanghai Tower saved 58,000 million dollars in material cost due to its ingenious design. Gensler, the architectural mastermind behind this tower conducted wind tunnel tests to refine the tower’s form, thereby reducing the wind load by 24%.       

The Dubai Mall in Dubai

Meet the second largest mall in the world. This gargantuan enclave is equivalent in size to more than 50 football fields! Unfathomable, isn’t it? This mall has a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet. Imagine this complex as a tiny town structure with streets and water parks having 80 million shoppers visit its premises annually. The interior, as well as the exterior, has been beautifully constructed with a myriad of materials with glass and steel being the majoritarian contributors. The use of polished and reinforced fibreglass panels clads the interiors, storefronts, stairs, doors and windows of this magnificent structure. The grandeur of the Dubai Mall is well worth witnessing.

Concluding Thoughts

The list of architectural marvels that champion glass is endless. The last decade saw countless skyscrapers that used glass beautifully in tandem with other materials. Innovative uses of glass are not only seen in commercial skyscrapers but also residential dwellings. It is light, affordable, fluidic and available for all types of constructional aspirations.

AIS Glass offers stunning varieties of this material for all your needs. Be it your desire to remodel your home or office premises; our experts provide superior quality glass solutions for both interiors and exteriors. Get all your needs met, both for aesthetics and functionality with AIS Glass glass solutions! Contact us today.

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Here’s the Simplest Way of Determining the Energy Efficiency of Your Building

Times are changing, and so is the environment consciousness level of people. Today, when it comes to architecture and interior design, the facet of energy efficiency is taking a front seat. Home and office owners are beginning to imagine and create functional, future-proof and environment-proof spaces that do not have a high dependency on artificial energy. And, in their mission to reduce the carbon footprint of their buildings, glass plays a huge role since doors, windows and facades are the primary barriers separating the external environment from the internal environment.

Now, the first step towards making your building energy efficient lies in determining its present efficiency. Only then will you be able to select the right glass glazing in accordance with the results of your building’s energy efficiency determination. So, how does a layman do it?
You might imagine that calculating something such as energy efficiency is beyond your expertise and well within the grasp of only a professional architect, engineer, builder, or an interior designer. Yet, there’s an easier, quicker and extremely reliable way out – carrying out a virtual simulation of your building in the palm of your hands.
Being one of the most innovative glass manufacturers and glass suppliers in the country, AIS also offers an interesting portfolio of architectural mobile applications helpful to the layman. One of them is the AIS Glass Simulator – an app that lets you analyse your building for energy efficiency based on a wide range of parameters. Moreover, the app also recommends the best-suited high-performance glass products from AIS’ extensive portfolio depending upon the analysis of your building.
Easy, right?
With such an innovative application on your phone, you can take an informed decision about choosing the right glass glazing for your home or new project by carrying out a quick simulation anywhere, anytime. All you need to do is input a few details about your building, such as location, shape, orientation, wind-load, etc. On the basis of these parameters, the app will scrutinize your building to create an energy performance profile while also suggesting the most apt glass solution to turn your building energy efficient.
Add to that the extensive Product Catalog with different glass types manufactured by AIS and their details, along with a Project Showcase which features many buildings and projects from all over the country which have different AIS glazing installed, and you have the complete package on your fingertips.
Here are all the benefits of the app in brief:
• Easily analyse your building’s energy performance
• Get an intelligent analysis report
• Save time, energy and money spent on finding the right glazing
• Discover the entire high performance energy efficient glass range by AIS – AIS Ecosense
• Visualize how your chosen glass solution will look in real life
Easy-to-use, informative and helpful! Who knew energy simulation of a building could be this fun?

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4 Inspiring Ideas for Your Kitchen Space

The evolution of kitchens is quite significant. Today’s kitchens are required to be as aesthetically appealing as functional, and to blend with the overall design of the house while retaining its unique look as the heart of the home. This dynamic shift in the way we design kitchens has also a lot to do with the availability of multi-functional and innovative architectural materials such as processed glass.
Modern glass suppliers such as AIS are already leading the way in creating aesthetic glass variants such as AIS Décor lacquered glass and frosted glass which are aiding in the imagining of creative and functional kitchen spaces like never before.

Given the fact that kitchens are usually smaller in size than other spaces and areas in most homes and apartments, using a material such as glass in cabinets, shelves or even countertops helps in adding the illusion of space. Glass’s inherent property of reflecting light helps in creating a well-lit, airy and lively environment in a kitchen, thus allowing inhabitants to experience more joy in cooking.
In this blog, we take a look at four inspiring ideas powered by glass to design or recreate your dream kitchen space:

  1. Create window cabinets

If you’re wondering what they are, then prepare to be excited. If your kitchen wall space is majorly covered with windows, then you can elevate the look of your entire space while also adding more storage to the kitchen with the help of window cabinets. As the name suggests, these cabinets are constructed on top of existing windows, thus providing them with two walls of glass. This can be a unique addition to your kitchen without preventing the external scenery or natural daylight getting obstructed!

  1. Install frosted glass shelves and lacquered glass panel pantry doors

For heightened aesthetics, why stick to simple clear glass? Visually appealing glass types such as frosted privacy glass can add style to your kitchen cabinets while also concealing what they store – if you wish so! On the other hand, if your kitchen has a pantry door, then you can install lacquered glass panels on it to compliment the wall colour or the theme of the kitchen.

  1. Turn your kitchen island into a glass base cabinet

If you have a modular kitchen with a counter in the middle of the floor space, called the island, why not experiment by adding a glass cabinet to its sides? This can be the perfect location to store collectibles, cookbooks or fancy kitchenware. Since this is a base cabinet prone to impact by foot, we recommend opting for tempered security glass for the same.

  1. Add colour to your countertops and backsplashes

Glass kitchen countertops have become very popular, offering a lot in terms of colour, size, and shape. Combining countertops with lacquered glass backsplashes and cabinets creates a stylish and colourful ambience for a kitchen.
Apart from the aesthetic reasons, using glass in kitchens is beneficial since it is a material that it is stain-resistant, easy to clean and maintain, and easy to replace. Time to give your cooking space a well-deserved glass makeover!

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Optimal Building Design & Glazing: A Case Study

It is the 21st century, and energy conservation and sustainability in architecture is surely gathering momentum. With one eye fixed ever so intently on the environment and the rising global temperatures, architects are turning to innovation and technology to turn the tables on myopic building design and combat energy inefficiency in our living and working spaces. This is where glass is proving to be their trusted accomplice.
So, when a prominent learning institute in Mumbai approached Asahi India Glass Ltd., the most comprehensive integrated glass company in India, to achieve high performance energy efficiency, we carried out a comprehensive and painstaking glazing and building design analysis to provide a satisfactory solution. Let’s find out how:
Problem
A learning institute in Mumbai wanted to optimize its building design without spending big on glazing solutions. This meant reducing the heat gain inside the building without compromising natural lighting.
Solution

Normally, we have observed that when it comes to glazing solutions providing high performance energy efficiency, architectural glass variants with a lower Solar Factor and lower U-Value are favoured. But to achieve the ideal balance between the building design and glazing feasibility, we had to come up with an optimum solution that offers best return on investment.
Therefore, first we conducted a study to understand the building design. Due to the architecture of the institute, the building’s direct and indirect heat gain had fallen down considerably. This can be explained by Fig. 1:

  • 4 Classrooms located on the north side received diffused light and no direct heat
  • 4 South-facing classrooms were provided with a shading device to prevent direct heat and glare
  • 4 Buffer zones, created by placing the service areas along the east façade and corridors along the west façade, prevented heat ingress in the offices
  • 4 Walls had good insulation properties to prevent long-wave radiations from entering into the building
  • 4 North light provided natural light to a portion of the building

These observations allowed us to fine tune our glazing solution. Ultimately, due to the optimal building design, we could choose a solution which did not have the best specifications (and therefore higher cost) but was a perfect match for the design.

In order to do so, a detailed building energy analysis and simulation was conducted with a huge portfolio of AIS products. Their performance parameters are compared in the table above. Then, we compared the energy saving percentage against cost payback period.
This study is depicted in the Fig 2. As one can see, Spring SGU (Solar Control product from the AIS Ecosense range) which has Solar Factor (SF) = 64%, Visual Light Transmission (VLT) = 65%, and U-Value = 5.4 w/ m2 k performed best out of all the glasses with 17% energy savings and 2 months’ payback period, when compared to base case Clear DGU (double glaze unit).

Results
Thus, by understanding the relationship between building design and glazing type, we could suggest the client a glazing glass with an optimum Solar Factor and U-Value and higher VLT – thus enabling the institute to save on money and recover investment far quicker than imagined.

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Optimal Building Design & Glazing: A Case Study

It is the 21st century, and energy conservation and sustainability in architecture is surely gathering momentum. With one eye fixed ever so intently on the environment and the rising global temperatures, architects are turning to innovation and technology to turn the tables on myopic building design and combat energy inefficiency in our living and working spaces. This is where glass is proving to be their trusted accomplice.

So, when a prominent learning institute in Mumbai approached Asahi India Glass Ltd., the most comprehensive integrated glass company in India, to achieve high performance energy efficiency, we carried out a comprehensive and painstaking glazing and building design analysis to provide a satisfactory solution. Let’s find out how:

Problem

A learning institute in Mumbai wanted to optimize its building design without spending big on glazing solutions. This meant reducing the heat gain inside the building without compromising natural lighting.

Solution

Normally, we have observed that when it comes to glazing solutions providing high performance energy efficiency, architectural glass variants with a lower Solar Factor and lower U-Value are favoured. But to achieve the ideal balance between the building design and glazing feasibility, we had to come up with an optimum solution that offers best return on investment.

Therefore, first we conducted a study to understand the building design. Due to the architecture of the institute, the building’s direct and indirect heat gain had fallen down considerably. This can be explained by Fig. 1:

  • 4 Classrooms located on the north side received diffused light and no direct heat
  • 4 South-facing classrooms were provided with a shading device to prevent direct heat and glare
  • 4 Buffer zones, created by placing the service areas along the east façade and corridors along the west façade, prevented heat ingress in the offices
  • 4 Walls had good insulation properties to prevent long-wave radiations from entering into the building
  • 4 North light provided natural light to a portion of the building

These observations allowed us to fine tune our glazing solution. Ultimately, due to the optimal building design, we could choose a solution which did not have the best specifications (and therefore higher cost) but was a perfect match for the design.

In order to do so, a detailed building energy analysis and simulation was conducted with a huge portfolio of AIS products. Their performance parameters are compared in the table above. Then, we compared the energy saving percentage against cost payback period.

This study is depicted in the Fig 2. As one can see, Spring SGU (Solar Control product from the AIS Ecosense range) which has Solar Factor (SF) = 64%, Visual Light Transmission (VLT) = 65%, and U-Value = 5.4 w/ m2 k performed best out of all the glasses with 17% energy savings and 2 months’ payback period, when compared to base case Clear DGU (double glaze unit).

Results

Thus, by understanding the relationship between building design and glazing type, we could suggest the client a glazing glass with an optimum Solar Factor and U-Value and higher VLT – thus enabling the institute to save on money and recover investment far quicker than imagined.

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Building an Energy-Efficient Tech Park in Bangalore: A Case Study


Bangalore is the IT capital of India without the shadow of a doubt, home to numerous industrial complexes, technological parks and corporate hubs. But what goes on behind the scenes of constructing an IT complex that conforms to ECBC rules of energy efficiency without compromising cost effectiveness or building quality?
As the leading glass manufacturing companies in India, AIS was approached by a leading developer of state-of-the-art Technology Parks for global IT, software and technology enterprises to help build the above-mentioned complex. At the end of the day, AIS helped the client build a world class, energy-efficient building with cutting edge glass solutions.
Here’s the story at a glance.

Problem
As a commercial building, the complex was curvilinear with the longer facades are facing East and West, while the other directions were blocked by service areas and toilets. A solar control glass was proposed to be used in the building with a VLT of 17%, SF of 23% and a good U-Value of 3.7.
However, light transmission was poor. So was the colour of the glass proposed initially.
Solution
In order to figure out the right glass for the complex, AIS carried out a Climactic Analysis for the city of Bangalore (which is located in the Moderate Zone), along with a whole building simulation using 4 different glass variants for a year involving Shadow Analysis.
The studies revealed that since Bangalore rarely had weather extremes, U value of glass could be modified. Similarly, due to the unique geometry of the building, there were barely any differences in energy consumption due to artificial means in the case of the proposed glass and the glass variants used in simulation.
Consequently, AIS proposed the installation of the Blue shade of AIS Ecosense Enhance high performance glass with a better SF of 37, thus reducing capital costs, and a U-value of 5.7 which was an insignificant change.
Results

  1. Cost savings: AIS Ecosense Enhance matched the initially proposed glass in terms of energy efficiency but at a significantly lesser cost.
  2. Operational cost savings: Since AIS Ecosense Enhance’s VLT was better than the proposed glass’s VLT, the need for artificial lighting in the complex was reduced, thus resulting in decreased use of electricity.
  3. Better aesthetics: The Blue shade of AIS Ecosense Enhance brought a refreshing sense of décor to the complex and was widely appreciated by the client.
  4. ECBC compliance: AIS Ecosense Enhance met all the strict energy efficiency norms without any hassle.

This was a significant victory for AIS and also the world of glass – thus reconfirming the critical role glass can play in building green buildings of the future.

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Let There Be Light – Why Natural Lighting Still Matters

It’s said that there is no better lighting than sunlight. This has been known since medieval times, as is evident in the large windows of forts and castles of old. Today, entire buildings are made up of energy efficient glass in order to maximize natural lighting inside while also keeping the discomforting heat at bay.
Thus, even technology has become proficient enough to mimic the natural lighting through artificial means, as is the rage these days in many modern buildings, filtered natural sunlight remains ever so popular – all thanks to innovations in glass.

But why is natural lighting important?

  1. Better health

We have all studied in school how daylight is a vital source of Vitamin D. Given we spend more than 80% of our lives indoors, it is increasingly important to allow natural sunlight to reach us within our confines. Daylight improves recovery, sets the circadian rhythm and body clock, elevates the mood, and also improves attentiveness. Therefore, having large glass windows and facades is so important in homes and offices.

  1. Better comfort

So, while proliferation of adequate sunlight is crucial, for comfort, it is important to cut down on the thermal effects of this lighting. Thus, specialized heat reflective glass windows or retrofitted energy efficient glass in old windows help create a cool and comfortable environment for the occupants without cutting down on natural lighting. This way, glare can also be reduced for creating an undisturbed, serene ambience.

  1. Better environment

This is the era of green buildings, thanks to our society becoming more environment conscious. Energy efficient glass such as AIS Ecosense works towards reducing the building’s dependency on artificial lighting or cooling methods, thus invariably leading to reduced energy consumption. The more natural light inside the building, the greener it is.

  1. Better money savings

Taking heed of all the above points, it is easy to conclude that by allowing more natural lighting inside buildings through glass windows and facades, electricity bills can be brought down significantly. Merely tempered glass windows will not do in this case, as architects would tell you.
These far reaching benefits of natural lighting in our lives therefore point towards the rising popularity of green architecture. As homeowners and office-owners, we have the power to push our architects to construct, design or redesign our buildings in such a way that they maximize daylight and visibility while minimizing discomfort and energy consumption. In achieving so, glass windows and other applications like facades and skylights play an indispensible role.

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AIS World of Glass: The Perfect App for Selecting right glass solutions, Door & Window Glass for your space

When it comes to choosing the right glass for your residential or commercial space, careful planning and selection plays an important role. While best quality becomes the supreme determinant, different factors are taken into consideration depending upon where you want the glass to be installed. Providing stylish, aesthetic and strong glasses since long, we have been a leading glass solutions company. To let you choose quality glass at the ease of your fingertips, AIS World of Glass is the perfect app designed specifically to meet the needs of smart buildings with the latest technology.

Here are some of the best features offered by the app which makes Asahi India Glass Ltd. one of the best glass manufacturers in India:-

1. Glass Solutions: – The app presents detailed sections related to different types of glasses. There are five sections in total consisting of privacy, acoustic, safety, energy efficient and aesthetic solutions for you to choose from. These categorizations help ease the process of glass selection depending upon your requirement considerably.

2. Doors and Windows solutions: – The two substrates- uPVC and wooden – offer complete doors and window glass solutions. This ensures perfect blend of style and safety with superior amalgamation of form and function. All you need to do is install the app on your phone to have the customized doors and windows you always desired, in no time.

3. Specialized application: – Depending upon the type of application, AIS offers unique and advanced glass solutions. This means that you can choose a specific glass depending upon where you need to install them. For example- once you search for staircase glass, the variety of best class options will pop up for you to choose from. Same goes for canopies, sky lights, swimming pool and other places as well. These solutions are sure to add an aesthetic appeal to your interiors without compromising on quality.

4. Special experience zones: – Just imagine watching the glass switch from transparent to translucent at a single click right in front of you. Sounds interesting, right? Well, this is what the AIS World of Glass lets you do. You can have a first-hand experience in the privacy and security glass solutions option available in the experience zones to choose the best glass which suits your taste.

5. Connect with us: – The app also features a Connect with Us option where you can send in your requirements and get the best options available in no time depending upon your requirements.

6. Our Videos:

Explore our solution videos for better understanding of our product range through this section of the app.

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AIS World of Glass: The Perfect App for Selecting right glass solutions, Door & Window Glass for your space

When it comes to choosing the right glass for your residential or commercial space, careful planning and selection plays an important role. While best quality becomes the supreme determinant, different factors are taken into consideration depending upon where you want the glass to be installed. Providing stylish, aesthetic and strong glasses since long, we have been a leading glass solutions company. To let you choose quality glass at the ease of your fingertips, AIS World of Glass is the perfect app designed specifically to meet the needs of smart buildings with the latest technology.

Here are some of the best features offered by the app which makes Asahi India Glass Ltd. one of the best glass manufacturers in India:-
1. Glass Solutions: – The app presents detailed sections related to different types of glasses. There are five sections in total consisting of privacy, acoustic, safety, energy efficient and aesthetic solutions for you to choose from. These categorizations help ease the process of glass selection depending upon your requirement considerably.
2. Doors and Windows solutions: – The two substrates- uPVC and wooden – offer complete doors and window glass solutions. This ensures perfect blend of style and safety with superior amalgamation of form and function. All you need to do is install the app on your phone to have the customized doors and windows you always desired, in no time.
3. Specialized application: – Depending upon the type of application, AIS offers unique and advanced glass solutions. This means that you can choose a specific glass depending upon where you need to install them. For example- once you search for staircase glass, the variety of best class options will pop up for you to choose from. Same goes for canopies, sky lights, swimming pool and other places as well. These solutions are sure to add an aesthetic appeal to your interiors without compromising on quality.
4. Special experience zones: – Just imagine watching the glass switch from transparent to translucent at a single click right in front of you. Sounds interesting, right? Well, this is what the AIS World of Glass lets you do. You can have a first-hand experience in the privacy and security glass solutions option available in the experience zones to choose the best glass which suits your taste.
5. Connect with us: – The app also features a Connect with Us option where you can send in your requirements and get the best options available in no time depending upon your requirements.
6. Our Videos:
Explore our solution videos for better understanding of our product range through this section of the app.

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Invoking Wall Moods with AIS Décor Lacquered Glass

They say that walls have ears. Trying to keep your secret conversations to the bare minimum, therefore, becomes the order of the day. But, if you listen carefully, you will realize that your walls can speak too. And often, all they do is plead you to not leave them plain, dull and boring.

One of the many principles of interior design is to make your wall a pièce de resistance. Be it your bedroom wall, office lobby wall, or the walls of your hotel’s waiting room, you can create a certain mood with the help your walls. This is where lies the importance of using a material for your walls as premium as lacquered glass.
Our AIS Décor Lacquered glass has been specially designed to up the ante when it comes to your interior aesthetics game. Offering 12 electric shades, AIS Décor is simply perfect for paneling your dull walls and bringing them to life. But what mood does every shade invoke?
Sparkling White Pearl
This shade is elegance personified. Pearl, as you would know, is one of the most precious objects found in nature. Its soft shine instantly creates a healing mood that emphasizes on peaceful living and serenity.
Venetian Red
Passion – that’s the mood created by the shade Venetian Red. It’s fiery, polished look gives rise to an electric ambiance that energizes you to the core.
Ebony Black and Black Pearl
While ebony black is a subtle shade, black pearl takes on a more lustrous appearance. These shades of lacquered glass create a mood of mystery.
Sterling Silver
If you are a firm believer in futuristic design, then the shade of Sterling Silver is made for you. This lacquered glass has a smooth, mirror-like appearance and is perfect to invoke a mood of minimalism and extreme cleanliness.
Snow White and Sparkling Snow White
These two easy-going shades are reminiscent of the simplicity and pristineness of life. Shades of white lacquered glass are perfect to create a calm and bright mood.
Sparkling Beige
Luxury and splendour come to mind when one encounters lacquered glass in the shade of Sparkling Beige. This colour is smooth, spotless and creates a very warm ambience under artificial lighting.
Chrome Yellow
This shade creates a mood of happiness, clarity, positivity, and general bliss. If you want your walls to instantly cheer you up, then go for Chrome Yellow.
Turquoise Green
This shade creates an ambience of refreshing tranquility. Since turquoise green is inspired from the oceans, it has an extremely soothing effect.
Stone Grey
When you want to get into a productive mood, then sit and work in a room with Stone Grey lacquered glass walls.
Hazel Brown
Hazel Brown shade is perfect to create an outdoor, natural mood. It reminds us of the forest and the trees, and doesn’t shy away from creating a charming ambience.
So, wait no more! Invoke the artist in you and combine various shades of AIS Décor manufactured by the most innovative glass company in India for the most spectacular walls. Because with lacquered glass paneling, walls not only have ears, but moods too.

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4 Types of uPVC Window Designs to Give Your Home an Enticing Look

The trend of using uPVC material in doors and windows has been on the rise, all thanks to the plethora of benefits it offers. uPVC material showcases a perfect blend of modernity and advanced features. It is a tough and durable material which is rot, heat and noise-resistant. It doesn’t require any high maintenance and can be easily cleaned using water and detergent. uPVC doors and windows have a huge success rate as apart from being durable and long lasting, they are reinforced with galvanized steel which makes them withstand adverse conditions easily.
The wonderful thing about uPVC is that it can be customized to suit a wide variety of window shapes and designs. If you want to impart your house that ethereal and awe-inspiring bespoke look, then selecting the right type of windows is critical.

Here are 4 types of uPVC window designs you can consider for the same:
Sliding Windows: –
Sliding windows are horizontal opening windows which provide great cross-ventilation and lighting options. They are easy to operate and provide unobstructed view of the outside world. They are also energy efficient, since they effectively block airflow from inside to outside and vice versa. Sliding windows aid in saving space too as they don’t occupy vertical space as in the case of normal windows. Your room will automatically appear larger if you choose them for your house.
French Windows :-
One sure shot advantage of French windows is ample lighting in your room. French windows usually have a frame that features window glass running through its entire length. Apart from lighting, they also make your house look spacious. They are most suitable for outer walls since they provide magnificent view of the outside lawns, gardens, pool or patio. They can be decorated with deluxe curtains and blinds to give your home a luxurious look.
Casement Windows :-
Casement windows are vertical opening windows fixed with side mounted hinges. They are one of the most widely preferred window designs. They can be opened widely and provide better ventilation as compared to fixed windows. Casement windows also provide high security since they are very difficult to break and their hook shaped locks are embedded within the frame making them untouchable from outside.
Two Sash Windows :-
These are made up of movable panels known as sashes. Two sash windows have been in use since ages and still continue to be one of the most popular choices especially in traditional homes. It offers a perfect blend of utility and attractiveness .It provides double ventilation benefit as when both the sashes are opened, it provides a way for fresh, cool air to come inside while letting the warm air to exit the room from top.

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Ideal Bathroom Renovation: 3 Types of Glasses You Should Go For

Among all the rooms and spaces in a home, bathrooms often undergo frequent renovations, be it changing of tiles or replacement of bath fittings. Today, more and more homeowners are trying to build sleek, stylish and airy modern bathrooms that becomes a salient feature of their home. And to aid them in this mission, glass as a material, whether in the form of toughened glass, laminated glass or any other glass, is coming in increasingly handy.

One might believe that the idea of using glass, which is often transparent in nature, in a bathing area, which is naturally considered to be a highly private space, is a contradictory one. However, thanks to advanced processing techniques, the field of glass manufacturing has been blessed with highly functional inventions that address issues such as safety and privacy of space quite deftly.
Looking for the best glass solutions for your bathroom renovation? Here are three types of glasses you should go for:
Tempered Glass for shower doors and partitions
One of the primary ways to renovate a bathroom is to separate the bathing area from the rest of the space. This can achieved by shower cubicles and enclosures that look sleek, modern and luxurious to say the least. They are made of highly impact resistant toughened glass, especially the doors, so as to provide adequate safety to occupants. After all, bathroom floors are often wet and slippery, which means that there is a high chance of slipping. In order to avoid harm to oneself or damage to bath installations, using tempered glass in shower doors, cubicles, partitions, etc. helps greatly.
Frosted Glass for windows and shower enclosures
To augment the privacy inside a bathroom without compromising on the looks, you should opt for frosted glass such as AIS Krystal which limits visibility through it without creating a dim environment. Frosted glass is created by the process of sandblasting or acid etching which leads to creation of a glass surface that is translucent and hazy. This makes frosted glass the ideal material for bathroom windows and partitions, and even shower enclosures!
Lacquered Glass for cabinets and shelves
Hoping to add some colour to your bathroom? If such is your primary requirement, then you can add colourful highlights to the space using lacquered glass such as AIS Décor. This is a type of coloured glass in which one surface of the glass is painted with a premium hue which is guaranteed to ensure a high quality and long-lasting finish. Using lacquered glass in cabinets, shelves and other minor installations will create a wonderful aesthetic for the bathroom. Also, AIS Décor is moisture and heat resistant, which means that it is ideal for the tough environment of the bathroom

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Why AIS Décor is the Best Lacquered Glass in the Market

It is easy to understand why glass is such a popular option when it comes to interior décor and architecture. Above everything else, the aesthetic quality and value of various specialized glass is what makes it stand out from other materials. In this regard, lacquered glass proves to be a wonderful selection for your home interiors. And what better than AIS Décor for the perfect lacquered glass that has much more to offer than what meets the eye?

Lacquered glass is a special type of coloured glass perfectly suited to interiors. It is opaque in appearance, meaning that it doesn’t allow any light to pass through it. It is formed by depositing and baking a coating of lacquer, which is an ornamental coating or a film-forming material, to one side of clear glass. AIS Décor is also manufactured by the same technique and is renowned for its durability, style and function. Here’s why it is the best lacquered glass in the market:
1. World class manufacturing
At Asahi India Glass Ltd., utmost care is taken to use only the best raw materials and certified techniques while manufacturing specialized glass variants. The same is followed for AIS Décor where the best non-toxic and environment-friendly lacquer is applied on the glass and oven-cured through a superior process to ensure that the glass is safe to use and lasts for a very long time.
2. Durable, versatile and easy to maintain
As mentioned earlier, the world class lacquering ensures that the brilliant colours of AIS Décor last longer despite years of usage. Also, since AIS Décor can be easily cut, drilled, bevelled, ground, edge-finished or polished, it can be used to create bespoke designs according to your fancy and requirements. Also, it does not get dirty easily, and can be cleaned and maintained without any hassle.
3. Premium finish
Since the paint adheres to the surface of AIS Décor flawlessly, one is guaranteed a uniform and smooth finish. The range of shades available in AIS Décor is another advantage offered by this lacquered glass. Just like our tinted glass, AIS Décor comes in many different striking shades, right from Ebony Black to Turquoise Green, and is also available in a number of sizes and thickness. Thus, when it comes to aesthetics, you can be spoilt for choice quite easily.
4. Moisture, heat and UV resistant
While ordinary lacquered glass in the market only offers a stylish look, AIS Décor provides many functional and modern benefits due to its advanced technology. It is specially designed to withstand humid environment such as a kitchen or bathroom, and can also resist high temperatures up to 80 degree Celsius. Also, it is also resistant to UV radiation, preventing it from getting discoloured.

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Glass Facades: Keeping your Interiors Comfortable during Summer

When one thinks of a modern home or office, the image of a huge glass façade often comes to mind. Today, it is not at all surprising to see so many homes and workplaces adopting this architectural element with increasing regularity. Not only does it provide an appearance of grandeur and makes the entire building look beautiful from outside, but also results in a great view for the occupants and employees from inside.
Float Glass
But the role of a glass façade is not limited to just that. By employing different types of glasses that have been specially manufactured with key functional and aesthetic properties, one can utilize the glass façade to create a comfortable ambience inside, especially during the harsh and hot summers. This often means two things: cool and bright interiors.
Creating a relaxing ambience with a glass façade
Since a glass façade allows huge quantity of natural light to enter the interiors, it is important that one ensure that this natural light doesn’t turn into an element of discomfort during the summer months. Sunlight, as we know, consists of various components like visible light, UV rays and infrared rays. While the infrared rays are responsible for carrying heat, UV rays are damaging for our health.
Thus, in summers, it is necessary that you use high performance glass to limit these factors, and allow only optimum lighting without the heat to enter your space. With AIS’ advanced solar control and heat reflective glass solutions, this requirement can be serviced efficiently.
High performance glass solutions for the ideal glass façade by AIS
AIS Ecosense
This is a high performance low-E glass that comes in a variety of natural shades. AIS Ecosense is a highly advanced solution that helps in creating the perfect balance between aesthetics, lighting and energy efficiency. The low-E film on its surface reduces heat considerably by absorbing and reflecting a large part of infrared radiation. It also reduces glare and eliminates UV radiation in order to create the perfect internal lighting and a healthy and bright ambience.
AIS Opal
AIS Opal is the perfect solution as an external glass for buildings. This hard-coated solar control glass prevents heat from entering the building by reflecting away most of it. This economical range of heat reflective glass also comes in a wide range of sizes and thickness.
AIS Sunshield
For the ultimate cooling effect, AIS Sunshield soft-coated glass is your go to solution. It is extremely durable, reduces glare, comes in eight vibrant shades (including the new Royal Gold), and keeps you safe from UV radiation.
Apart from heat insulation, facades can also be provided with noise insulation and heightened security with the help of acoustic laminated glass and toughened glass solutions.

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Reduce Your Energy Bills with Glass Solutions

In the 21st century, there is an increasing emphasis on environment conservation, energy efficiency and sustainability. The world is more sensitized to reducing wastage of energy than ever before. In order to keep up with times, it is important that whether it is your home or office, it should ideally be a green building that helps you save energy and reduce energy bills. In pursuit of this efficiency, glass construction and architecture can be of much use.
Solar Glass
Some of the leading glass suppliers in India have come up with modern glass solutions that will not only beautify your living and working space, but also help you reduce your dependency on electricity. These solutions, installed in windows, facades, doors, canopies, domes, etc. contribute towards creating a pleasing ambience inside. Let’s take a look at two of the best energy-efficient glass solutions in the industry:
Ecosense – A high performance solution for energy efficiency
The AIS Ecosense high performance glass is a brilliant offering from the house of AIS, the leading glass manufacturing company in India. It is equipped with advanced solar control technology since it is essentially a very high grade Low-E glass.
This glass has been designed in accordance with Indian climactic conditions, and is suitable for all kinds of extreme weather that the country experiences, right from the unbearable summers to the jittering winters. It provides a great balance between aesthetics and performance, and provides relief from the harsh conditions prevalent outdoors. It operates via filtering out solar radiation, such as the near-infrared rays, by absorbing a part of it and reflecting away the remaining amount. This enables cooler and brighter indoors at all times.
The great thing about Ecosense is that it is available in a wide variety of shades and colours to suit all your design and aesthetic needs. It is a great option for the façade of your building.
SunShield Heat Reflective Glass – For greater cooling efficiency
The AIS SunShield Heat Reflective Glass is another revolutionary energy efficient and economical solution for homes and offices. It is designed for the intolerable summer heat that is typically associated with Indian summers, with its advanced solar control properties and exceptional durability.
SunShield glass lets you cut on your electricity bills that get inflated due to excessive air conditioner usage by reducing the glare of sunlight. Its high grade external coating also filters out the harmful UV radiation, thereby bringing you all the benefits of natural light without affecting your health or making your environment uncomfortable due to the heat. Moreover, it is available in no less than seven brilliant shades to provide you the aesthetic look that you are looking for.