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Glassifying green buildings

“For us, building green is definitely important, but equally important is to know how green a green building is,” remarks Kamlesh Choudhari and Jawahar Hemrajani, Directors, Glass Wall Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Today glass facades have become essential part of the architectural design and based on the orientation of building and zoning pattern, and Glass Wall System always follows the latest and best engineered façade materials. In an interview with ACE Update, KamleshChoudhari and Jawahar Hemrajani shares why they are focusing more on solar-integrated facades and green walls.
Glass Wall Systems have been majorly working to promote the advanced methods in façade technologies for sustainable future. The latest trends where the company focuses on are solar-integrated facades and green wall.
Role in green buildingsBuildings with green façade become landmarks in the city only because of its façade design which is important factor in architecture. For Glass Wall System, building green is definitely important, but equally important is to know how green a green building is. Take the glitzy, glass-enveloped buildings popping up across the country. It does not matter whether you are in the mild but wet and windy climate of Bengaluru or in the extreme hot and dry climate of Gurgaon, glass is the in-thing. As people always wondered how buildings extensively using glass could work in such varied climatic zones where one needs ventilation. But various studies suggest that glass is green. Buildings liberally using glass were being certified green.Glass Wall System’s designed façade systems holding the glass are based on their insulation abilities to reduce heat loss and extensively permits light transmission during the day; therefore, it’s important for a green building to have a right choice of materials for its exterior as per the geographical conditions.
Being leading façade engineering and contracting company, Glass Wall System always follows the latest and best engineered façade materials. With continuous learning, the company upgraded its production and execution methods with minimalistic error and sustainable future.
Essential products for green buildingsFor an exterior to be great, it needs to be sustainable. The life span and the material choices of a building have a huge impact on the environment. Addressing how time and weather affect the exterior of a building will increase its life. Protect against climatic conditions, exterior moisture and natural disasters. Choosing products that are environmentally beneficial in some way can earn credits in this category: reclaimed, recycled and locally produced.
For India’s hot tropical climate, glass absorbs and radiates heat being high-performance glass that helps control the solar factor. Glass facades were earlier synonymous with the commercial structures and high-rise office buildings, but today their acceptance is steadily gaining in residential buildings as well. Glass facades allow natural light and heat to enter into the structure and thus are important facets of green buildings. Today glass facades have become essential part of the architectural design and based on the orientation of building and zoning pattern.
Trends and opportunitiesGlass Wall Systems have been majorly working to promote the advanced methods in façade  technologies for sustainable future. The latest trends where the company focuses on are solar-integrated facades and green wall.
Solar integrated facadesNew trend in India specifies integrated photovoltaic materials that are used to replace conventional façade glass panels from building envelope. They are increasingly being incorporated into the construction of new buildings as a principal or ancillary source of electrical power. For the fastening of solar modules to facades offer mounting systems and fastening systems with different surfaces invisible areas.
Green wall Modern cities are facing unprecedented expansion through population growth and urbanisation — where recommendations for selecting green walls in high-rise buildings. From centuries, Green Wall have been used to shade building walls, but now it has become an important tool in the quest of greater sustainability on the tall buildings.

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