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The increasingly detrimental impact on the environment, driven by climate change and global warming, is visible to all. But what is needed of the hour is a suite of solutions that reduce impact and pave the way for a greener future. 40% of energy consumption in industrialized countries is attributed to the construction sector. Constructing green buildings is one such solution that will advance the cause of sustainability, while minimizing the burden on the environment. Green buildings are known to effectively reduce carbon footprint and save energy. Moreover, they also enable wise use of resources and improve human productivity as well as cognitive functions.

Glass as an ecological building material

Glass is becoming a preferred construction material for green buildings. Glass is considered an environmentally friendly material because it is recyclable, causing the least harm to the environment and reducing embedded carbon.

And as a building material, it is more and more popular considering its inherent property of transparency. It helps people see through, stay in touch and communicate. It evokes the opening: a important trend in green architecture. And today there is so much more possible with glass due to technology advantages – in terms of increased strength, increased safety, superior acoustics, exceptional energy control, excellent daylight etc And on aesthetics the front glass always has scored high in terms of beautifying the beauty of everything architectural creation.

Glass optimizes the use of natural light to illuminate interiors, which not only makes them more comfortable for occupants, but also reduces electricity consumption. In tropical countries like India, a major requirement is the air conditioning of the building. Appropriate use of glass can ensure that air conditioning loads (and therefore cooling expenses) can be reduced by controlling the heat entering buildings.

With increasing attention to health, glass helps to ensure a high degree of indoor air quality as it does not contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Lightweight construction with glass

Glass is also gaining traction as a lightweight material in the Indian construction space. Unlike its traditional counterparts which are bulky, glass is significantly lighter and easier to install, making modular building projects much easier.

Constructing a typical 15-story building with a floor area of ​​300,000 square feet, with a glass envelope and interior glass partitions, reduces building weight by 3,500 tons compared to conventional construction methods. This not only consumes less material from mother earth, but also makes construction faster, reducing the embedded carbon of a built space. And with its lower shell thickness, glass represents up to 8% of the carpet surface.

Clearly, glass is catalyzing modern architecture towards more sustainable architecture.



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