Glass: A Strong and Eco-friendly Material to Use In Your Residential or Commercial Engineering Project
When planning modern architecture, energy efficiency cannot be ignored. As we struggle to reduce our impact on the environment, new materials, designs, and processes need to be used. In engineering, there’s a material that is functional, beautiful, and energy efficient, and that material is glass.
Toughened & laminated glass is versatile, it is relatively easy to work worth, and it is ultra-modern. Whether you are renovating an existing home or commercial space, or you want to design and build a new eco-friendly structure, glass is a material that you won’t be able to ignore.
What Makes Glass a Green Material?
Glass is a green material for a number of reasons. One of the most important is that it is a material that can be endlessly recycled. From food and drink packaging, to ceramic tiles and bathroom fixtures, glass maximises the raw materials and manufacturing processes to reduce our reliance on other, sometimes toxic materials. When you use glass in a new staircase, glass balustrades, or even designer roof awnings, you are showing that you are concerned with your environmental footprint. For businesses, this can be especially important.
Glass doesn’t just reduce environmental impact because of its sustainability and recyclability, but in the way that it can reduce energy usage when used architecturally.
Imagine a modern home or office building. Traditionally, windows, are not capable of allowing adequate light, especially in daylight hours. Electrical lighting is used to provide additional light, which increases the energy demands of your building. With architecture based on glass and steel, daylight is maximised, and energy requirements are reduced. Privacy doesn’t have to be compromised. There are options for tinted glass, or even stylish external louvres that can complement overall building design.
Because glass and steel structures can be completely sealed, you can reduce climate control costs, and again, reduce your reliance on the grid to maintain your home or commercial location. Glass and steel, or glass and timber buildings, can also be designed aerodynamically, with surface angles that protect them from gale force winds, and with earthquake resistant substructures.
Glass is a Modern Material, Designed for the Future
You have plenty of options with a material like glass. From roofing and glass cladding, to glass staircases, balustrades, and balconies, glass can be used throughout your project to add modern style that conforms to green building concepts.
Look to London’s The Shard, or even 30 St Mary Axe, and it is clear that the future of architecture and construction is with glass. Realise your design ambitions with precision architectural glass and steel structures from MJS Engineering. Serving Southern England from Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, and London, MJS can help you to design and manage your project, from concept, to fabrication and installation.
Call today to begin your next green building project. Find out what we can do with architectural glass and stainless steel.