Upendra Walinjkar, Founder & Principal Consultant of ALUVISION Facade Solutions, discusses the most recent developments in the fenestration industry while preserving its aesthetically pleasing and environmentally beneficial aspects.
Design and technology trends
With rapid technological changes and access to international brands, fenestration trends include large-span glass (2.5m wide x 8 m tall) with a minimal sight line of 19mm – 25mm, thinning the gap between the interior and exteriors. Fenestration pushes limits and aims for high-performance products, encompassing weather, thermal, acoustic, and structural considerations. Automation for operation sliders, sensor-based responsive systems, double- and triple-paned glasses with warm edge spacers, and thermally broken systems are embraced. While aluminium remains the prime material, new-age materials like factory-made wood, wood and aluminium windows and doors, and bronze windows and doors deliver optimal performance and add a touch of luxury.
At Aluvision Facade Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (AFSPL), we conduct feasibility and functionality studies for all projects, finding the golden spot between design and technology to offer the best experience to occupants at an optimal cost. Our ongoing bungalow projects feature minimal doors with a single shutter ranging from 1.5m to 2.5m wide and 4-7 meters tall. These fully cancelled systems with flush floor systems use automation to operate heavy doors weighing 800 kg, adding value to our endeavours.
Fenestration, covering windows, doors, and skylights, is crucial in energy conservation. Well-designed fenestration enhances natural lighting, regulates heat transfer, and improves insulation, improving overall building energy efficiency. Innovative technologies in energy-efficient windows include low-E coatings, double or triple-paned insulated glass units, specialised coatings for pre-existing buildings, smart windows with dynamic tinting, and frames made from thermally broken profiles. These features collectively contribute to improved energy efficiency by reducing the need for heating or cooling, optimising natural light, and minimising heat gain or loss.
Integration of fenestration solutions into interior design
Fenestration solutions seamlessly integrate into interior design to enhance both aesthetics and functionality. Strategically placed windows and doors maximise natural light, creating a bright and inviting atmosphere. Choosing stylish window treatments complements the overall design while allowing light control. Selecting windows with unique shapes or designs serves as focal points, adding architectural interest to a space. Well-designed fenestration contributes to visual appeal and supports functionality by providing ventilation, connecting indoor and outdoor spaces, and optimising views.
Eco-friendly materials and manufacturing processes
Sustainability is a growing concern in the fenestration industry. At AFSPL, we emphasise developing windows and doors with eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient technologies, and designs that contribute to overall building sustainability. This includes reducing energy consumption, utilising recycled materials, and ensuring products have a longer lifespan. As environmental awareness rises, the fenestration industry will likely continue shifting towards more sustainable and environmentally responsible practices.
The future of fenestration involves advancements in smart windows, energy-efficient glazing, and sustainable materials to enhance functionality and environmental impact. Innovations in automation and integrated technologies will play a significant role in shaping the future of fenestration.
At AFSPL, we stay updated on emerging technologies like dynamic glazing, advanced materials, and smart window systems. By networking with professionals in the industry and attending conferences, we invest in training programs for sustainable practices and energy efficiency. Embracing digital tools for design and manufacturing processes enhances efficiency and competitiveness in the evolving fenestration landscape.
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