In the urban areas of India, where construction is growing at a rapid rate of 9%, buildings contribute close to 40% of the total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Green buildings on the other hand, are constructed using a variety of energy-efficient materials. So, they not only minimize the use of non-renewable resources but also maximize the reuse, recycling, and utilization of renewable resources.
Glass is fast carving a niche for itself as the most popular green building material. It is highly sought after for its ability to extend both functional as well as aesthetic advantages. It not only lends itself well to a plethora of designs, but also enables the efficient use of natural lighting and space.
Glass satisfies the most significant criterion of being a 'green' material - it can be recycled. By using recycled glass in buildings, you earn greater savings while preserving the environment.
Glass helps you reduce up to 35 percent of the energy consumption of your building, thereby resulting in significant savings on energy bills.
Because glass allows in a lot of natural light, it considerably reduces electricity consumption thus doing away with the need for artificial lighting.
The transparent nature of glass has proved to substantially create a healthy and productive environment for building occupants.
Double-glazed glass facades have excellent noise insulation properties that seal out external sound distractions and create a more pleasant and productive environment.
Green buildings yield long-term savings and command a higher price when sold. It has also been proven to save companies money spent on energy, human capital, and natural resources.
When compared with other building materials, glass clearly stands out as an eco-friendly alternative. The manufacturing process for glass requires minimal levels of water.
This simple illustration will help you understand the benefits of reflective glass as compared with ordinary glass.
Ordinary glass allows nearly 80% visible light, heat and ultraviolet radiation striking it to pass through without being absorbed or reflected. This naturally results in soaring energy costs and discomfort for the building's occupants.
Reflective glass allows optimum light (natural daylight) to enter buildings, thereby improving occupants' health and well-being. It also reduces the energy used in artificial lighting, resulting in significant savings in electricity costs.