A lot of advancements have been made in the manufacturing techniques
of glass products for use in residential buildings. It is no longer
the huge energy consuming product it once was with a new generation
of products that conserve energy, block UV rays, minimize heat gain
or radiate heat and offer privacy with a flick of a switch.
The use of glass in architecture has increased significantly as it
evolved into the high-tech product it is today. Because of its
transparent quality, glass will always play a vital role in
architecture as people want to be connected with the outside world
and prefer natural bright spaces opposed to electronically lit
spaces and at the same time save energy. Big windows and open
architecture in a home bring the light in, provide the opportunity
for a wonderful view and create a special ambience.
This material is not new to the building industry, but because of
its structural properties, together with its transparency but at the
same time providing privacy has remained a favourite in residential
design. These bricks is not only aesthetically pleasing elements but
also diffuses light into the home in such a way that overheating
caused by the penetration of sunlight is reduced during the summer
months. During the winter the thermal properties of glass bricks are
comparable to double glazing.
This type of glass is produced by the acid etching of clear sheet
glass. This renders the glass translucent, obscuring the view while
still passing light
Laminated safety glass
This type of glass ensures your familiesí safety in the event of an
accident and also makes it significantly more difficult for a
burglar to gain entry trough such a glass barrier.
Solar energy control glass
This is a type of laminated safety glass designed to keep out as
much of the sunís UV rays and solar radiation through the glass
without limiting the amount of natural light into the building. This
type of glass is especially useful in the construction of skylights
and curtain walls.
Ideally used where windows or glass features are not within easy
reach with a normal ladder. A titanium oxide coating ensures the
break down of organic material when cleaned with warm soapy water
and any residue washes away without leaving unsightly spots or
Written by JB, architect & founder of
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