Sun is one of the most important natural resources that a building can harvest, but to do so efficiently, a sun control strategy along with specific shading devices must be applied, to have the desired result on the amount of sunlight and heat entering a building. For example, in warm, sunny climates we need to minimize the solar gains, as it results in excessive cooling loads. In cold and temperate climates, incident solar rays on the south oriented envelope contribute to active and passive solar heating. Additional to the above, control of the direct and diffuse daylight to eliminate glare is a major concern. In every building, sun control using the relevant shading devices is challenging and often results in different facade types per building orientation. In this post, we will present the basic principles of solar shading and the key idea before selecting the appropriate shading device for our needs.
Glass is a unique and extremely versatile material that can be engineered to exhibit specific optical, thermal, chemical, and mechanical properties. As a result of its exceptional engineering properties – transparency, strength, workability, transmittance and u value, glass has been heavily used in the construction industry. We will briefly feature some of the most common commercial glass types and typical applications.
The Africa Construction Summit 2017 held in Munich last week, was a unique opportunity for international construction industry professionals to meet in Europe with key players from Africa and gain access to major infrastructure and construction projects.
From storefronts and window panes to the most stunning state-of-the-art buildings around the world, the role of glass in architecture has evolved immensely over the years. The ubiquity of glass facades and structures is echoed on glass’ abilities to enhance, diffuse, reflect and transfer light as a result of its transparency.
For several decades, eminent scientists have warned that we are polluting the planet at a pace beyond its natural systems can process. The same time non-renewable resources are consumed at a faster rate than at any previous point in the history. Fossil fuel emissions alongside with deforestation have been cited as the main factors causing destabilisation of the climate.
The global facades market size is expected to reach USD 339.46 billion by 2024, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. The surge in the adoption of advanced eco-friendly facades across North America and Europe is anticipated to fuel the market growth in the coming years.
WinDoorEx Middle East + Glass & Aluminum is one of the largest trade fairs for windows, doors and facades, in the Middle East. Εvery year, it attracts leading international experts to showcase their newest and most innovative products for the industry.
The façade as a synthesis of building elements, nowadays is the most important building part in terms of performance and architectural design. It is not only the aesthetics that make the façade so significant. Parameters such as such as complexity, materials and finishes, performance, and magnitude and location of the project, the façade can account for anything between 20 and 30 per cent of the total construction costs.
BAU 2017, the world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, held in Munich last week, succeeded once again in demonstrating its position (long standing reputation) as a driving force of innovation in the construction industry.
A highly marketable office building, originally built in the 1985, was recently renovated towards a Green certification. The asset has been certified according to the special LEED version for Core & Shell, applied to assets intended for lease. The building complex consists of three buildings with a total over ground leasable area of ca. 13.000sqm and was selected for upgrade and certification, an investment of approx. €7 million, due to its strategic location, offering high visibility and excellent accessibility.