“Glass Wall Systems as a company has always been open to change and has maintained its focus on providing solutions in the best interest of the project along with ensuring timely completion,” explains Kamlesh Choudhari and Jawahar Hemrajani, Directors, Glass Wall Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Tall buildings in urban India are a key to provide insights on how to re-make existing cities in a sustainable way. Advancement in technologies and increasing population will help keep the cities limited into its geographical location accompanied with required infrastructure. In an exclusive interview with ACE Update, Kamlesh Choudhari and Jawahar Hemrajani talk about latest trends in tall buildings and how the company is playing its role in high-rise evolution.
Glazing market scenarioGrowing corporate sector in India has welcomed glass facades with alacrity. Facades as an industry have grown manifold over the last decade with its innovative contribution to modern architecture with its engineering capabilities. With increasing demand for green building, Glass Wall Systems offers sustainable solutions as per local conditions.
With high-rise construction, volumes have touched never before marks and there’s a need for openness, with breath of fresh air and a need for communication through visibility. This concept of high-rise and modern glass buildings resembles the growth of the economy.
Glass facades, being a fast installation material, also aspires to be seen as material with less manufacturing errors to give that seamless finishing in building industry. The architects and engineers would like buildings to be well crafted. Markets are growing as more architect-artist converting to architect-engineers realise the need for laboratory tested materials certified to be installed as per building requirement.
New trends that keep industry movingIn India, construction with heavy envelope has demanded most of the history of architecture with brick masonry which is now regarded as traditional, being dependent on single material for strength, water tightness and thermal protection whose shortcomings in regard to load-bearing capacity and protection against heat or moisture were compensated by wall thickness. The local architecture involves the use of available resource depends on the location with different materials.
The slow learning with weaknesses of these systems, together with industrialisation and the great diversity of materials existing at the present time has fostered the evolution towards technically more developed systems.With emerging technologies, architects and consultants are evolving innovative design options with materials with adaptive technologies such as metal like bronze, cast aluminium, cast iron, expanded metal, embossed copper, glass for variable light transmittance processed as laminated and DGU, composites like aluminium composites, copper asphalt composites, stone as granite, ceramic tiles, terracotta, sand stone and marble along with other suitable materials to create a façade with sustainable solution with a variety of system solutions driven by its performance and cost.
Trend about tall buildings in IndiaTall buildings in urban India are a key to provide insights on how to re-make existing cities in a sustainable way. Advancement in technologies and increasing population will help keep the cities limited into its geographical location accompanied with required infrastructure.
In terms of visibility, through glass makes a resident feel connected with outside area. With integrated windows, unitised curtain walls are a latest trend in skyscrapers. All construction activities on a skyscraper are pre-engineered and tested at high standards.
There is a need for India to get its own standards in construction to make a sustainable, low-cost or high cost projects.
Essential Glass Wall Systems productsBeing the interface between the interior space and the exterior environment, façades play a crucial role in heat and light exchange. Its performance in that role affects the occupants’ comfort and productivity. Achieving high-performance without escalating costs always remains as the foremost need. Energy use and running costs where the double skin facades play a vital role remains a challenge on high-rise buildings. The double skin largely helps solar control but permits the use of clear glass to a large extent making the most in terms of connectivity with the exterior environment. The trend of using this system seems to be gaining pace.
Glass Wall and tall buildingsThe construction industry as a whole is a dynamic one. Each construction project is unique in its process, scope of work and goals. Due to this, one needs to analyse the project before coming up with solutions suited to the project to achieve the desired time for completion. Therefore, Glass Wall Systems as a company has always been open to change and has maintained its focus on providing solutions in the best interest of the project along with ensuring timely completion. Project execution in today’s day with the uncertainty in this field is of utmost importance, and Glass Wall systems takes pride in having the same as its forte.