Architectural design
Finding ways to improve energy efficiency is one of the greatest challenges facing contemporary architecture. Deploying highly functional glass products and integrating energy-relevant products are effective ways to achieve optimum efficiency even in large- format glass façades. Façades have long moved beyond being just static shells providing weather protection at the interface of building interior and exterior. With good reason, they’re often compared to human skin, which indeed does have a protective role to play, but also adjusts dynamically to external conditions and thus maintains the body’s “ideal temperature."
Over the past two years I have had the opportunity and privilege to photograph and inspect a number of buildings that were constructed in the 1920s and 30s.
Feb. 24, 2014 - The ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee 189.1 Workgroup has officially voted down changes that would have reduced the standard's allowable window-to-wall ratio to 25 per cent. The 189.1 standard is ASHRAE's green building standard for high-performance, sustainable buildings and is being developed in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the body that oversees LEED certification. With the defeat of the amendment, the window/wall ratio in 189.1 remains at 40 per cent.
Jan. 7, 2014 - PPG Industries’ flat glass business has launched a new and more interactive photo gallery that features hundreds of buildings constructed with PPG architectural glass products.
The true number of birds killed or maimed or left vulnerable to predators by window strikes is difficult to estimate, and approximations veer wildly from the millions to upward of a billion.
Dec. 2, 2013, Syracuse, N.Y. - Now you have to pass through security to leave the airport.
Almost 200 square metres of space for conferences and private functions under an arched roof of dimmable glass without any sun blinds – can it work? The proof that it can is provided by the former castle at Störmede (part of the town of Geseke, North Rhine-Westphalia). The turbulent history of the building goes all the way back to the 13th century but until recently only the weathered remains of its thick walls provided any clues to its ancestry. With five years of planning and a construction time of two and a half years, private investor Hartmut Bröggelwirth transformed the roofless ruin into the "Rittergut Störmede" (Störmede Manor), an exclusive location for special events. He retained the historic substance of the building and set it in a new scene: an arched glass roof spans the central conference hall. A maintenance-intensive mechanical shading system was not used: instead he decided on dimmable solar control glass from the German company EControl-Glas. This allows the solar factor and the light transmission to be adapted to the level of solar irradiation at the press of a button.
The presentation everyone was fired up to see at the Glass Association of North America’s Building Envelope Conference, was the keynote, “The Battle for the Wall” by Scott Thomsen, president of the Global Flat Glass Group for Guardian Industries.
Named in honour of the Wild Rose Country’s Centennial year, Centennial Place is a set of two LEED Gold certified towers with a linked podium occupying a full city block in the Eau Claire region of Calgary
In today’s world we have come to accept that the interaction and performance of building envelopes – a term that describes the perimeter walls and roofing systems that separate the indoor and outdoor environments – is a very complex topic from a scientific, psychological and cultural perspective.
The specialty market has rebounded faster than other segments of the glass industry with such projects as airports, hotels, office buildings, labs, recreational facilities, schools and hospitals.
A myriad of striking and functional features will work together to highlight the new Export Development Canada (EDC) building in Ottawa, which is located at 150 Slater St. and has a completion date of early June.
No matter who we are or where we live, when we think of a particular city, the first things that usually spring to mind are certain buildings. They may not be the biggest, oldest or most elaborate. They may need no superlatives to describe them at all, but in one way these iconic buildings reflect their cities.
Alberta’s oldest cultural institution finally has a new home, after 10 years of planning and three years of construction. The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) now occupies a truly stunning building located on Sir Winston Churchill Square in the heart of Edmonton’s Arts District. At 85,000 square feet, the new building has nearly doubled the area of the former gallery, originally designed by Edmonton architect Don Bittorf in 1969.
In the future, Canadian architects will be using more glass than ever in their building designs. Architects are keenly aware that like others around the world, Canadians have a strong and growing appreciation for natural light inside buildings and for the beauty glass offers on the outside.
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