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Intelligent glass and energy savings

2010-01-01 | Energy saving

During the Glass & Energy Saving conference at Vitrum Energy, a presentation was given that gave insight into the ways glass – and ‘special glass’ in particular – can help us not only protect our homes and offices from excess sunlight, but also enable us to consume less energy for heating and cooling. These special glass types, many still in the test phase, will become part of the future for architecture around the world.

Intelligent glass and energy savings
When we speak about transparency in architecture, it is useful to consider philosophical and religious references as a starting point to facilitate the comprehension of facts, trends and uses of past civilizations, as well as those of the present. The trend towards transparency in architecture has always been a constant part of the history of mankind in buildings.
On the one hand, the physical need for illumination and essential light, a source of heat and energy indispensable for all living beings. On the other, the metaphysical desire to reach and materialize ideal and otherworldly entities such as beauty, art and divinity.
But the physical and metaphysical need for transparency that man has does not necessarily mean only being able to see inside buildings and see from the inside towards the outside, but also to enable the sunlight to enter the same building.
This is why it is more correct to speak about translucency rather than transparency. The word translucent comes from Latin and indicates the characteristic of an object that light can pass though. This is obviously valid also for transparency but while the latter enables to see beyond the object, translucency does not necessarily enable this. It is clear that there are an infinity of levels of translucency between the two limiting states of total transparency and complete opacity.
And, as can be seen in Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4, the history of architecture is characterized by a continuous move towards the...


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