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Glass Solutions for India

Architecture has been a crowning achievement for India through the centuries. Various Indian architectural styles have developed due to various reasons and as we move into a new phase; reducing energy consumption, improving safety parameters and enhancing the aesthetics of commercial and residential spaces are in focus. Due to its fragile nature, the use of glass to bring natural light into buildings was earlier restricted only to windows and other small installations. This scenario is changing with glass presenting itself as a viable, attractive and economical option for architects and builders.

The full potential of glass can now be realized by them due to the types of glass and the various types of options available. The types of glass under consideration are tinted glass, tempered glass, laminated glass, acoustic glass, insulated glass units, heat-reflective glass, solar control glass and low-e glass, to name a few. High-performance solar control glasses are best suited for a tropical country like India. This brings us to an important topic of artificial lighting. 25% of energy consumed in buildings today is due to artificial lighting and this can be further reduced due to the transparent nature of glass. Furthermore, the range of solar-control glass such as Ecosense from AIS, provides the benefit of reducing the heat gain in buildings. Its excellent energy saving properties without compromising on the natural light coming inside the building also adds to the brilliant aesthetics that add value to the façade. This process is also reversed by a property called solar gain during the winters thus ensuring that the interiors – and the occupants of the home – feel comfortable at all times. When used and fitted properly there is an 8-10% reduction in the total energy consumption. To further augment the versatility of these glasses there is and observable reduction in Capex because of the lower energy loads required for conditioning the building.

Keeping all this in mind AIS has introduced a range of high performance glasses under the brand name – Ecosense. It comes under three categories – Enhance (Solar Control), Exceed (Solar Control Low-E) and Essence (Low-E). The Enhance, Exceed and Essence ranges help the architects and builders to strike that perfect balance between architecture and aesthetics, economy and environment. The Enhance range from Ecosense is a Solar Control glazing solution that comes in 15 natural shades whereas the Exceed range is a Solar Control Low-E double-glazed solution with 12 natural shades. The Ecosense Essence Low-E glass range has been developed with modern Low-E coatings to help buildings attain better energy ratings. Continuous research and technology advances have made glass safer and more secure. Due to the superior features laminated glass and its varieties are extensively used for doors, windows, facades, canopies, glass flooring, staircases, etc.

Glass is now being used for facades on an unprecedented scale to create remarkable designs. Heat reflective glass, tempered glass, laminated glass, acoustic glass etc help a building achieve a high standard of visual appeal and yield eco-savings.