Glass use in contemporary residential
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 families’ 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 sun’s 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 streaks