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Why green buildings have become the need of the hour

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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Ais Honours Women Architects On International Women’s Day With Special Personalized Mementos

8th March marked International Women’s Day around the world. It’s incredibly overwhelming to observe the whole world come together as one to celebrate women and their amazing spirit. Women have been constantly creating their own identities in the world with strength and dignity. Despite the obstacles, challenges, societal beliefs, and pressures, women have time and again proved that they are not to be underestimated. Women with grace, responsibility, and power dare to forge their own path and make an impact in the world.

On this remarkable day, AIS took a pan-India approach to salute women for their phenomenal work. The AIS team celebrated this special day in a special way, celebrating with various architectural agencies across the country. AIS honoured exceptional women architects of some conventional architectural firms with personalized mementos for their groundbreaking achievements in the same field. The mementos were one of a kind as it featured stunning portraits of the women on glass! These rich grey toned glass portrait mementos were gifted to women architects of outstanding caliber.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ar. Krupa Zubin of ZZ Architects and Ar. Hemanti Sutaria from Prashant Sutaria Architects, delivered their vote of thanks to AIS for its constant support and encouragement to women architects.
Green Angle’s Ar. Meenal Sutaria and Alumayer’s Ms. Sonali Bedre, appreciates and salutes the role of womanhood in architecture.
Ar. Swati Pandit and Ar. Nikita Mehta from Hafeez Contractor mention about following their dreams and aspirations, appreciating gender equality in the corporate world and wishing every women all the success and happiness.
Lastly, Ar. Brinda Somaya of Somaya and Kalappa Consultants, spoke about the sense of equality and support women all over the country have been receiving in various fields.

These talented women architects along with many others like Ar. Tejaswini Pandit and Pearl Contractor were the ones felicitated personalized mementos from AIS for their dedication and contribution in the field of architecture.  It was a moment of immense pride for the awardees, and their stunned, happy faces lit up this special day!
There was a lot of excitement among the people over the mementos as everyone wanted to have a glimpse of it and hold it. The appreciative smiles on everyone’s faces spoke more than mere words and put a wide, bright smile on our faces too. Smiling is contagious too, didn’t you know?

The day was further spent with great fun, games, and cakes at various architectural offices. AIS kicked off the celebrations at the offices with a cake cutting ceremony which featured innovatively designed cakes celebrating the essence of a woman. A toast was raised to women through engaging activities and fun games.One of the innovative concepts was providing the staff with AIS Decor Lacquered Glass of different shades. Every shade had a matching personality trait assigned to it. For example, Venetian Red for a woman of confidence, Black Pearl for a woman with power, Snow White for the independent spirited woman and so on. Each woman had to dedicate a shade to another woman in the same office. This game involved a lot of fun and love as women attributed
One of the innovative concepts was providing the staff with AIS Decor Lacquered Glass of different shades. Every shade had a matching personality trait assigned to it. For example, Venetian Red for a woman of confidence, Black Pearl for a woman with power, Snow White for the independent spirited woman and so on. Each woman had to dedicate a shade to another woman in the same office. This game involved a lot of fun and love as women attributed colours to one another, and was a thoroughly enjoyable experience with women emerging all smiles on seeing the coloured glass matching their personality.

Another game with a twist that was played was ‘Glassnary’ – a variant of Pictionary but with glass. Glass words were used as hints for the teams to give the right answer. Example, water repellent glass, heat reflective glass etc. This was an extremely engaging game that saw active participation by the women. Needless to say, everyone had a whale of a time!
The day saw ZZ Architects raise a toast to womanhood with a huge cake followed by fun games and activities that kept everyone completely entertained.
At Anil Sharma & Associates, a gorgeous cake in the shape of a woman signifying the spirit of a woman was first cut, followed by the innovative games of Shades of a Woman and Glassnary which was enjoyed by one and all.
Pink theme dominated the celebrations at Design Plus Associates and Arcop Associates Pvt. Ltd. with rosy pink bouquets and lovely pink themed cakes that were presented to the women staff of the offices. The women at both offices were full of cheers and made merry on this day!

The women had a fabulous time playing Shades of a Woman at ARK Designs Pvt. Ltd. There was a spirit of bonhomie and warmth here that added great moments to this special day.
A sinfully delicious chocolate cake heralded the celebrations at Alumayer, Sankalpan and Architect Reza Kabul’s office. The games of Glassnary and Shades of Woman kept everyone involved and delighted right till the end.
Hiten Sethi Architects and Faquih and Associates saw the women emphasize the qualities of confidence, power, independence and vibrancy through the Shades of a Woman activity. The supportive and friendly atmosphere here was tangible and beautiful to experience!
We also witnessed firms in Bangalore like Mantri Builders and Education Design Architects, celebrate women’s day with immense glee and joy.
Everyone wanted to continue the fun and celebrations but like everything else, all good things come to an end, for the time being at least. AIS is committed to celebrating and honouring the spirit of women every day. Women’s Day was an opportunity to reach out to ordinary women who are extraordinary beyond measure. The personalized glass memento gifted to the women emphasize a woman’s extraordinary strength and dignity through all the roles she plays.
 
Woman empower one another, cheers to womanhood!
 

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AIS VUE offers uPVC Tilt and Turn Windows

Windows are the soul of any home. And at their essence, they form the boundary between the outside world and their home inside. Windows allow the right amount of light penetration inside your home, as per your requirement. And that lies at the very gist of what modern architecture is all about.

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Over the time, as technology has grown, architecture has seen a tremendous change in the ways of designing buildings and interiors, where windows play a vital role.
Change in lifestyle these days, has largely affected how people design their home interiors. The latest trend seen in windows category is uPVC windows. uPVC windows are made up of Un- plasticized Poly Vinyl Chloride that requires minimum maintenance. This state-of-the-art technology lets you introduce a superior design element to the décor, ensuring complete protection.
There is a range of styles to suit every need, when it comes to opting for AIS VUE – uPVC windows:

  • Sliding & Folding
  • Casement
  • Tilt and Turn
  • Sliding
  • Top hung

Tilt and Turn windows
Of all the above, the Tilt and Turn Windows are the perfect choice for living rooms and bed rooms or any other sitting area; the main purposes they serve are as follows:

  • Best insulation from sound, heat, dust, pollution and rain is offered by double and triple glazed glasses along with security to a great extent due to its strength.
  • The tilt function opens the top of the sash inwards for ventilation, whilst the turn function creates an inward opening side hung operation. The design involves a handle that helps to maneuver the window by tilting it at an angle from the top. The result is a slight opening at the top that helps in the room’s aeration while the window remains in a semi closed manner.
  • Another purpose is that it lets in natural light but also seals the room from dust and pollution. When closed, the window ensures effective air conditioning. The window is sealed perfectly to the wall and the frame has no gaps at all, making them energy-efficient and giving you lower consumption costs.

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Advantages of Tilt and Turn windows:

  1. BURGLAR SECURITY: The tilt/turn window, when assembled with available accessories, will provide locking around the entire window perimeter. The many security features and Entry Resistant Fittings make your window into a “strong point”.
  1. EASE OF CLEANING: The cleaning of the tilt/turn window is easy and convenient as it is performed from the comfort of the inside of the room. No ladder or precarious positions to reach. Just open the window completely in the turn position. This will rotate the sash toward you.
  1. MAINTENANCE: Because of the design of this high performance window system, maintenance is kept to a minimum. Adjustments are provided to assure proper sealing pressure throughout the long life of the window.
  1. OPERATION: The operation of tilt/turn is simple and effortless. By rotating the handle into any one of the three standard positions, the window sash will respond easily no matter how big or heavy the sash.
  1. PERFORMANCE: Modern tilt/turn windows close tight. Cold, heat and noise insulation are unrivaled by any other window system. These unwanted elements remain where they belong – outside.
  1. FIRE ESCAPE: With the window in the full open position you create a 100% unobstructed opening producing a fast and convenient exit in any emergency.
  1. VENTILATION: In the tilt position, the window provides draft-free fresh air exchange while maintaining burglar security. The window cannot be operated from the outside of the room.
  1. AIR CIRCULATION: A tilt/turn window can be opened completely in the turn position providing rapid air exchange when required.

The AIS products meet up the latest industrialization expertise and also tag along with the international quality standards. Brought to you by AIS – AIS VUE combines decades of delivering exceptional quality with comprehensive services- from consulting to glass and frame selection, right down to easy, hassle-free installation at your convenience.
AIS VUE offers the perfect mix of style & safety, the right balance between elegance & efficiency, the ultimate combination of form & function. Provide solutions right from consulting to glass and frame selection, as well as easy, hassle-free installation.
From heavy rains to dusty dry summers, or wind storms to noisy traffics, AIS VUE – uPVC Doors and windows is an ideal solution.
To kn w more about AIS VUE uPVC doors and windows, visit:  http://www.aisvue.com

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Glass is clearly safe!

Glass is an integral part of modern architecture and interior design. A versatile and sustainable material, glass – used for façades, windows or in interiors – gives buildings and homes structural stability, aesthetic appeal and a contemporary look, while helping save energy and costs.
There has been some debate about safety in the use of glass in general, and in the case of fire in particular. But, be assured if proper norms and guidelines are followed for designing and constructing glass buildings, and the right types of glasses are used for façades, the destructive effects of fire are greatly reduced. In actual, glass facades are not inflammable rather they are flame-retardants.
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internationally today, there are excellent alternatives available for clear vision safety glass. These include high-performance products like transparent glasses with intumescent layers, special coatings and laminates. Tempered/toughened glass, laminated glass, insulated glass units and wire mesh glass are also good fire retardants.
They can actually substitute a brick wall in terms of fire-rating property, yet give transparency. While some of the fire safety glasses function as a physical barrier preventing spread of fire and smoke, certain advanced solutions can actually drastically reduce the radiant heat from a fire.
The European classification standards (EN 13501) for glass use the following system:
E – Integrity
W – Low Radiation
I – Insulation
Accordingly, the following types of glasses are available in the FRG range
E Class – They provide for only integrity. These are special tempered glasses and they prevent the spread of flames to the non-fire side. There will be no protection from radiation in this type of glasses. They are normally used for internal applications.
EW Class – These are tempered and laminated glasses. They prevent the flames and also control the radiation on the non-fire side to a maximum of 15KW per sqm. They offer integrity and provide for low heat radiation. They are used for internal and external applications.
EI Class – These type of FRG glasses offer integrity and insulation. The maximum temperature on the non-fire side does not exceed an average of 140 degree Celsius.
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A range of high quality, fire-resistant glasses are available today to mitigate the adverse effects of fire accidents and offer enhanced protection.
• Wired Glass – It is more stable at higher temperatures and is also resistant to the pressure of fire hoses as the embedded wire mesh helps the glass keep its structural integrity even after thermal stress causes cracks
• Borosilicate Glass – Borosilicate, because of its extremely low thermal expansion coefficient, is ideal for any application that requires heat resistance
• Toughened Glass – The special tempering process used in this glass makes it highly resistant to stresses. In case, it gets to the point of breaking, it crumbles into small granules that are less injury prone
• Toughened Glass with flame retardant coating – This flame retardant coating is typically metal that further enhances the flame and heat resistance of the glass
• Toughened Glass with Intumescent gel – As is the property of any intumescent, the gel increases greatly in size when exposed to fire, and its high hydration content keeps the surrounding areas significantly cooler than any other material
• Laminated Glass with Intumescent layers – Highly desirable for façades, the lamination makes it hard enough for the façade and windows, and the intumescent layers restrict temperature rise during fires although the glass is 100% transparent and lacks wiring within
It would be unfair to blame glass for the destruction caused by fire in buildings. In most cases, it is negligence and/or illegal/ poor-quality design and construction that result in loss of life and property. If proper norms and building safety codes are followed, and guidelines adhered to, glass façades only help in fire rescue and not make it worse. All over the world, glass is a widely-accepted building material utilised on a massive scale for architecture and design.
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For all that glass can be- Asahi India launch event

Sen’s Bucket covered the newly launched AIS store at South Extension which bought two experts – Glasxperts and Windshield Experts together.

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Asahi India Glass store for auto and architectural needs

Never been much fond of glass except for admiring the occasional crockery at dining events, but the utility of it, seems to be far beyond, and also more dynamic. Asahi India Glass (AIS) recently unveiled their new store in South-Extension (Arjun Nagar), Delhi, where as can be seen, has dedicated areas for windshield customers (car owners), and those needing architectural support. More than just a store launch, it was a lot about the real innovation one can bring in with glass, should one be willing to spend money and have the taste for it.

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The Windshield section of the store

A lot of the questions around glass, as with many other building materials, is the longevity of the product questioned, and also the maintenance it would need in time. Most of the products they provide are hopefully easy to maintain and do provide a great deal of assistance post sales, as well. And from the looks of it, customers are seriously pouring in with their demands, and coincidentally, there was a case of a windshield being seamlessly replaced as if nothing was ever really wrong.

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Car windshield being removed and replaced

 

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As if, there was never a broken windshield!

Though the pictures are not that clear, but the stock of equipment used to fit the windshield on the car displayed above seemed to be modern and also being sophisticated enough ensure a smooth application. If one can notice, its seriously seamless in the way it was installed on the vehicle. Obviously, there were some stages to this process, but never the less swiftly followed. Perhaps the entire thing took less than an hour!

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Glasswork Ganesh amongst the wall-decor

The star attraction at the store would be the GlasXperts section, which is dedicated to the architectural needs of the customers. The reason being, the innovation and finesse with which the company works. A lot of the best glassworks will not just be slabs of the glass alone, but artistic depictions to set them apart. The Lord Ganesh framed mural on the wall is one such example.

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The ‘magic’ glass door

One of the things in the obviously glass laden upper floor was this otherwise simple looking door. However, the manager was kind enough to show how technology has been used behind this. What appears opaque here, will change the texture, simply with the press of a button, placed this door. With the help of sensors placed at the corners, the light passing through special crystals infused within the glass are scattered, due to which the glass becomes opaque. Similarly, when needs transparency, a flick of the switch will make light pass through the concentrated crystals which enable a clearer views across the panel.

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The seemingly transparent door

One of the main things we all commonly grumble about, and legitimately so, is the after-sales service. Asahi India Glass happens to be a fully integrated company when it comes to selling to their customers. This means, after buying some of the hi-end products, or any product from them, you need help to maintain or repair, or perhaps need some advice for future planning and design, you can rely on these guys to come across and help you. It might cost you a bit more, but then when you compare to the conveniences, you can naturally conclude that its worth spending the extra money but have someone to give you complete solutions. You don’t need to run around different places.

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The glass laden pathways at the GlasXperts floor

The thing about AIS is that they would not be giving you cheap imports, for the sake of margins and deal closing. That means they will charge you a price, and if it doesn’t match with the clients, they might just refuse, instead of cutting prices and compromising on quality. In short, if one has to summarize AIS, it’s about a lot of value addition, like pre-sales and after-sales services, which set them apart, and quite frankly, can be a big relief during renovations and constructions. And with their footprint increasing, one might just have a branch around the corner to help you out find something nice for home styling.

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Some interesting lighting at the Windshields section of the store

 

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What the AIS store looks like in South Extension

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How glazing can help in energy and cost savings ?

Glazing provides homes and buildings with light, warmth, and ventilation. The same glazing can also negatively impact a building’s energy efficiency. The best way to reduce energy costs by installing energy-efficient glazing or windows for your home or building.
Glazing primarily allows daylight to enter buildings; this in turn improves residents’ well being and augments their productivity. It also reduces the energy used for artificial lighting. It is important that the glazing system enables ample daylight to enter without the accompanying heat and glare. There are many ways in which this can be achieved. With proper selection and orientation, energy efficient glazing can help provide all round comfort and reduce energy consumption.
The energy efficiency of a building is greatly impacted by the windows and other glazed external surfaces. Using advanced glazing solutions can significantly reduce the need for heating and cooling the buildings, thereby reducing energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions.
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BENEFITS OF ENERGY-EFFICIENT GLAZING
• Smaller energy bills
• Smaller carbon footprint
• More comfortable home: Energy-efficient glazing reduces heat loss through windows.
• Reduced condensation: Energy-efficient glazing reduces condensation build-up on the inside of windows.
INSTALLATION
Proper installation is essential for any energy-efficient window to ensure energy efficiency. Therefore, always have a professional install your windows.
Window installation may vary depending on the type of window or the construction of the house. Windows should always be installed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and proper air sealing is to be ensured during installation, for the windows to perform correctly.
WHAT ARE THE GLAZING SOLUTIONS AVAILABLE?
AIS provides a wide range of solutions for your energy efficiency needs:
Ecosense from AIS
Ecosense is a unique range of high-performance glass in natural shades available as Enhance (Solar Control) and Exceed (Solar Control Low-E). It is the perfect amalgamation of energy efficiency and optimum day-lighting, and designed to deliver superior performance that allows architects and builders to set a higher standard of green architect by:
• Allowing optimum light to pass through windows/facade while absorbing and reflecting away a large degree of the near range Infrared heat.
• Keeping indoor spaces brighter and cooler.
AIS Opal Solar Control Glass
Cut out the heat from your buildings – in the colour of your choice – with AIS Opal. A popular choice for Heat Reflective Glass, AIS Opal’s solar control properties makes it the best choice for exterior glass. So while your buildings stay cool, they also look stylish.
• AIS Opal is manufactured using cutting-edge CVD technology which makes it a long-lasting and durable glazing solution.
• Available in a range of shades to meet every need and fit every design.
• A wide range of sizes and thicknesses for more choice.
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Glass Trends in Indian homes today

Looking at the new emerging India, we find that people are smart, well-informed and with a new-age outlook, they demand a contemporary lifestyle that’s in tune with global tastes and trends. They strive for an improved and highly efficient lifestyle. As the technology has grown, it has fed largely into making their dreams, come true.
Our surroundings largely influence our lifestyle. People are adopting smart architectural trends to spruce up their houses. Unlike the traditional materials used for home décor like wood, acrylic or cloth furnishing, glass emerges out as the new expert for stylizing homes. Glass has emerged as one of the favoured materials in architecture and interior design
Glass, by allowing high design flexibility is becoming a major contributor to this trend. With the help of technology, experts have harnessed the complete utility of glass by making it available to us in various colours, textures, shapes and designs. Not many have realized the capability of glass in serving the delightful effects to the ambience.

AIS plays the role of a protagonist in the field of Glass, providing India with the best quality product.
Being aesthetic, adaptable, versatile, and economical and Eco friendly material, glass unlocks a ton of possibilities in architectural design. State-of-the-art technologies for lamination and processing have made possible new types and varieties of glasses that enable the perfect blending of function and aesthetics – for both exterior and interior applications. Glass not only enhances the visual appeal of living spaces but also elevates lifestyle.
Glass has technically replaced all home décor and styling solutions.
You name it, glass does it!
Today, glass is available in a stupendous variety of styles, colours, designs and textures. Whether it is used for façades, doors and windows, or in interiors, glass is the perfect material for creating a stunning effect and stylish ambience.
1. For confined spaces, glass is the preferred solution. It makes interiors look larger and livelier by reflecting light, illuminating surfaces, and connecting the inside to the outside.
2. Glass is also the ‘right’ solution for the requirements of peace and serenity, privacy, safety and security. Value additions and processing done on glass ensure that it provides a person with acoustic, privacy, security and safety solutions. Hence, peace of mind is assured, without aesthetics being hampered!
3. Moreover, glass being a completely recyclable and sustainable material, helps achieve great design the eco-friendly way. A varied range of high-performance and energy-efficient glasses, that reflect or absorb heat while allowing light inside a building or room, enable higher standards of green architecture and living.
4. Most importantly, glass is extremely amenable to specific requirements, as customised solutions in glass can be tailor-made to meet individual design needs and preferences. As such, more and more people are choosing glass to bring their imagination and ideas to life.
                               
Indeed, the applications and uses of glass are as breathtaking as its effects. From entire façades to doors and windows, from floors, walkways and staircases to domes, canopies and skylights, from partitions and enclosures to shelves, table tops and counter-tops, glass is the one material with which you can see more, do more and be more.
AIS has always looked to transcend the ordinary and delight its customers. Mindful of the new lifestyle trends emerging in India, AIS diversified from the automotive and architectural segments into the consumer glass segment, to enable consumers to experience the varied solutions glass offers. Products like AIS Ecosense, AIS Décor, AIS Opal Trendz, AIS Stronglas, AIS Securityglas and AIS Acousticglas, AIS Swytchglas provide the customer with exceptional quality, fulfilling varied needs and requirements.

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Noise Outside Quiet Inside

Noise is a growing concern and a nuisance, especially in urban areas.No matter where it originates from, noise is everywhere. It can be your next door neighbour blasting rock music or a ramped up car stereo. Sometimes the noise caused by outside traffic can cause disturbance and stress over a continued period of time.
Does noise affect you?
Too much noise can be damaging to health and can hinder learning and concentration. Noise is tiresome; it makes you anxious, annoys you, causes stress and leaves you fatigued. Studies have shown that noisy workspaces are less efficient than quiet ones. Therefore, it is very important to find new ways to keep noise where it belongs: outside.
Is there a solution?
Yes, there is! Nowadays, architects and designers are increasingly looking at glass as a preferred material while designing contemporary living spaces. All that is needed is a glass which enhances the building’s aesthetics as well as effectively eliminates external noise.
Laminated glass which is made by laminating two pieces of glass together with a poly-vinly-butryl (PVB) interlayer dampens the sound and reduces sound transmission. Laminated glass also provides other benefits like safety and security.cut noise with glass
AIS AcousticglasTM featuring a specialized PVB interlayer provides up to 90% in exterior sound. It helps to keep the inside of your room in tranquil quietude while you give ear to sound that really matters. AIS AcousticglasTM is used for doors, windows, partitions in homes and offices.
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Benefits:

  • A noise free space is essential so that external noise does not hinder concentration and provides you a stress free environment. It also addresses people’s need for a quieter and a more comfortable place to live in. The offices and workplaces can maintain sensible noise levels and a work friendly environment.

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Walk on Glass

Glass is a characteristic feature of architecture and design in the new age.  As innovative uses for glass continue to expand, glass is now available in various colours, textures, shapes and designs to people, who are looking to transform their spaces. Glass flooring provides an exciting combination of style and function, making a dramatic impact in both residential and commercial spaces.
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Glass floors add a decorative dimension to your interiors and give your homes or commercial spaces a touch of sophistication. Glass flooring is resistant to moisture and various kinds of other infestations.
The obvious concern when it comes to such an extensive use of glass, is the safety involved. Comprehensive calculations for glass thickness and construction are what decides the selection and application of this type of glass.
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Glass allows light to pass through the floor, creating a very airy and luxurious dwelling. As natural light permeates the space, it creates different moods and forms a seamless transition between rooms. Glass can also be used in landings and ‘see – throughs’ from one floor to another to add even more visual appeal. Adding an artistic touch to the glass floor, can bring notable dispersed light, to cascade down in a thousand hues of colors.
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Glass flooring is generally installed keeping in mind the customer’s requirement. Tempered laminated glass, Heat Strengthened laminated glass and Tempered glass laminated with sentry PVB are preferred choice of glass, for its durability and resistance to breakage.clear glass floor with water
Glass flooring is attractive and easy to clean. It is aesthetically pleasing and can make any room look bright, attractive and stylish. Glass definitely is a contemporary and fashionable take on flooring.
Engineered with safety and durability as its foremost objectives, glass flooring solutions from Glasxperts’ provides a unique alternative to traditional material for modern architecture.

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AIS Swytchglas: An intelligent privacy solution

The consumers of urban India today are a whole lot different from those over a decade ago. Smart, well informed, and with a new-age outlook, they demand a contemporary lifestyle that’s in tune with global tastes and trends – one that their predecessors only dreamt of.
The desire for a well-designed home, office or commercial space is a reflection of this transformation.
And glass has emerged as one of the favoured materials in architecture and interior design, which can fulfill these aspirations beautifully.
AIS Swytchglas is revolutionary smart glass which gives flexibility to switch at click of button.  It offers the cutting edge glass technology that combines the power to control both transparency as privacy as per your convenience.
With AIS Swytchglas, you can turn transparent glass to opaque glass to block visibility, at the switch of a button. This presents a view into a whole new world of opportunities with the smartglass.
Whether it is your home or a commercial space it is ideal solution for a wide variety of applications. AIS Swytchglas can help you strike the perfect balance between style and necessity. This presents a view into a whole new world of opportunities with smart glass in India.
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How it works?
The principle behind Swytchglas is the Suspended Particle technology that is very similar to the concept of artificial magnets.
There is a smart film between the two Special Polymer films. The Smart Film is a suspension of liquid crystals in a polymer base that can be controlled using an electric charge. Under normal conditions the liquid crystals are randomly distributed and when light hits the glass, it is scattered by the liquid crystals. When an electric current is passed through the glass pane, the liquid crystals align themselves into straight lines allowing all the light to pass through without scattering.
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Swytchglas for homes:
Expand horizons within the home with Swytchglas – the smartglass that offers the sophistication with comfort and privacy.

  • Windows and Skylights: When you choose Swytchglas windows you have the flexibility of doing away with curtains and other obstructions to your view and also the comfort of blocking heat and the glare when you need to, saving air conditioning costs during summer.
  • Walls and Partitions: You can turn OFF for complete privacy and ON when you need visibility. AIS’ smart glass solutions are best for houses where transparent or translucent glass walls lend the décor a rich and suave feel.

Swytchglas for Commercial Spaces:

  • Conference Rooms:Making an impression on your customers or even your own team was never as easy. You can switch from transparent to opaque/translucent at the flick of a switch.

Façade Glass and Windows: Air conditioning and lighting are amongst the biggestcost factors of maintaining commercial spaces.With AIS Swytchglas, you can control the amount of heat and light that is let in.

  • Hospitals, Salons and Spas: Selective privacy areas are crucial in many spaces. Blinds are cumbersome to use and curtains are not elegant. Swytchglas panels replace blinds and curtains quite elegantly and efficiently, letting you choose from transparent to opaque with the flick of a switch.
  • Hospitality: Swytchglas is also suited to the hospitality domain right from restaurants to pubs, bars and clubs, business centres and conference facilities alike. It can serve as a suave and high-tech replacement to traditional curtains, blinds and opaque walls.

Glass has clearly come a long way and AIS Swytchglas is a testament to its progress and indispensability.

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The Green Revolution

The world is moving towards a greener, more eco-friendly way of living. It is therefore only natural that the space where people live and work also reflects this green evolution. The way we build has changed, and glass has made this transformation possible. For decades, architects and builders around the world have explored ways of designing the ‘nearly-Zero Energy’ building. Today, modern technology and innovative building materials has made that dream a reality. Builders are offering customers the opportunity to explore a life that’s smart, efficient, and above all, sustainable.
Green standards – IGBC and GRIHA
In India, ‘green buildings’ are rated as per two independent rating systems:

  • The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) rating system, derived from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) norms developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • The Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA), developed by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), rates buildings on a comprehensive scale of 34 criteria under various sections. In about a decade, India has emerged as a leading country in the adoption of Green Building norms

 
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NBC and ECBC codes
Apart from the above, the Government of India is also enabling environmental conservation through its building codes. The National Building Code (NBC), developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), was introduced in 1970. After three amendments, it provides guidelines for regulating construction activities across the country today. For using glass in buildings, NBC has issued revised norms that are broadly classified under the sections:

  • General requirement
  • Determination of appropriate thickness
  • Criteria of human impact safety
  • Installation
  • Fire safety
  • Energy & Thermal property

The Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), created by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and introduced in 2007, offers three distinct compliance approaches: Prescriptive (Component-based): Each system and sub-system should comply with minimal performance requirements. Trade-off (System-based): Permitted only between building envelope components – roofs, walls, fenestration, overhangs, etc. Whole Building Performance: Evaluation is based on a computer model of the proposed design and comparing it to a standard design, with various factors taken into account.
Building green with glass
The extensive use of innovative glass products in today’s buildings has helped reduce the need for artificial lighting and thereby minimised energy consumption. Green buildings cost more to build but have substantially reduced operational costs, compared to conventional buildings. Various types of glazing solutions – internal as well as external – have made spaces more efficient while unlocking new possibilities in design and aesthetics.
Green solutions from Asahi India Glass Limited As India’s leading integrated glass company, AIS has been at the forefront of moving towards an ecofriendly future. It has pioneered innovations in glass processing technology to develop both single-glazed and double-glazed products with the best ‘green’ parameters. This is giving developers and their architects greater choice and the ability to explore possibilities. These solutions enhance the aesthetics, efficiency and economics of commercial and residential spaces, compared to traditional building materials.
 
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The future is green
According to IGBC, of 2761 buildings registered with it in India, 516 are certified as green. By 2022, it aims to register 10 billion sq. ft. of green building projects. The idea of green buildings has now gained momentum, with greater use of green materials like glass. The environmental impact of increased construction activity has been on the agenda of Government entities and the Environment Ministry. Building code changes are in the pipeline. Construction houses are striving to obtain sustainability certifications, to ensure a better quality of life and to help conserve the environment. Living in harmony with nature is the surest way of ensuring a sustainable future for the planet. ‘Green buildings’ are helping us achieve that ideal.

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Transform your space with Glasxperts

Glass is no more a commodity, it now is a product which needs attention and careful thought before it becomes a part of your home. To make it easier and comfortable, Asahi India Glass Ltd. (AIS), one of the leading integrated glass companies in India, launched its retail initiative in the architectural glass segment – Glasxperts.
Glasxperts is a full-service glass solutions brand that brings an integrated approach and specialised knowledge to glass selection and installation for homes, offices and commercial spaces. Designing a home, office or commercial space involves play of lot of elements, like wood, iron, metals etc. Glass plays vital role in creating security, safety, energy, acoustic, privacy, UV protection etc. solutions.  Glasxperts takes care of all its customers glass related needs and ensures high level of customer satisfaction.
The glass solutions market lacks organized players. Glasxperts offers unique glass solutions, right from design to installation with well defined processes. Here’s looking at the process which ensures customer satisfaction.
Understand
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Understanding a customer’s requirement is of prime importance. There is a team of experts to understand your requirements in detail give expert guidance and possible solutions and, if required, a site visit, as per your convenience. This is what makes all the difference.
Visit
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Experts visit the site to make an assessment of your requirements, undertake a site survey and take measurements. Customised solutions with comparative costs and benefits are provided which helps in choosing the best option. Site visit ensures that even the smallest detail is not left out.
Manage
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What more than a dedicated relationship associate assigned to the customer’s site to ensure the hassle-free execution & timely completion of the project. An expert makes sure that everything is done just perfectly.
Install
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All the research and observation will now be implemented. Once the material is ready and delivered at the site, an expert installation team ensures quality installation of the glass and glass fittings and makes sure everything is in order.
Handover
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All set and done now. One final inspection and the relationship associate will give a formal handover of the site to the customer.
Wrap Up
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Once the project has been completed to the satisfaction of the customer, feedback and suggestions on the experience in dealing with Glasxperts is requested. It ensures continuous improvement in the services offered.
Follow Up
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After installation, the services benefit the customers more than anybody else. Glasxperts does a follow up with the customer and attend to any customer’s concern, relating to product performance and quality of workmanship and thus ensure complete customer satisfaction. In the end, transforming one’s place is never an easy task but with the correct approach and expert help, it becomes a lot less stressful.

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Architectural & Car Glass Solutions Under One Roof By AIS

Asahi India Glass Limited (AIS), India’s leading integrated glass company, inaugurated a first-of-its-kind store in the Punjabi Bagh area in New Delhi. The Company has brought two of its signature expert service providers in glass, Windshield Experts and Glasxperts, together under one roof.
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Having carved a niche in giving expert solutions in glass, AIS wants to give its’ customers the convenience of a ‘one-stop solution’ for all their glass requirements, all in one place.

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Architectural & Car Glass Solutions Under One Roof By AIS

Asahi India Glass Limited (AIS), India’s leading integrated glass company, inaugurated a first-of-its-kind store in the Punjabi Bagh area in New Delhi. The Company has brought two of its signature expert service providers in glass, Windshield Experts and Glasxperts, together under one roof.

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Having carved a niche in giving expert solutions in glass, AIS wants to give its’ customers the convenience of a ‘one-stop solution’ for all their glass requirements, all in one place.

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AIS – THREE DECADES OF EXCELLENCE

Established in 1984, Asahi India Glass Ltd. or popularly known as AIS has grown from being a ‘single product, single customer’ company to a world-class integrated glass solutions company. AIS has evolved and sustained leadership and excellence in all the fields it operates in.
AIS offers solutions to all your glass needs for your Car, Home and Business. AIS is structured into four verticals:
AIS - THREE DECADES OF EXECELLENCE