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Triple glazing and windows of the future


cocoon tower design by tange atlier

cocoon tower design by tange atlier (Photo credit: .ad photo)

As legislative trends and market demands drive architects closer to the zero-carbon home, the pressure is on to ensure buildings are designed with energy-efficiency at their core. Every construction material is With three panes in each Insulating Glass Unit (IGU), triple-glazing offers unprecedented levels of thermal insulation, as well as a host of other benefits that have the potential to transform our cities’ carbon credentials. But isn’t triple-glazing a bit overkill?

From World Architecture News’ Metro blog…

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ASHRAE Drops Proposal to Reduce Window-to-Wall Ratio

US Glass magazine reports that ASHRAE is withdrawing a proposed addendum to reduce the allowable window area in its Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings. The addendum would  have reduced the glazing area in the standard from 40 percent wall-to-window ratio to 30 percent for buildings less than 25,000 square…

Swedish mall pushes the boundaries of designing with glass

We love buildings designed with glass. But this mixed-development mall in Sweden may be the most beautiful use of glass in a commercial building that we have ever seen.  The developers of Emporia in Malmö, Sweden, wanted to attract commuters from the local train station. This stunning design may just…

GSA’s Green Globes support: a victory for industry lobbyists?

Treehugger colorfully expressed the dismay that many in the green building industry felt when the Government Services Association (GSA) announced this week that it is recommending the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes certification program, along with LEED, for new government construction and renovation projects.  Calling it “Christmas in October for the…