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Energy-efficient glazing in green airports



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What makes an airport green?

Think of an airport as a door to an unknown destination. Every time a traveler gets off an aircraft, it is the airport that creates a first impression. It might be positive. It might be negative. But research tells us that airports help shape a traveler’s perception of a particular destination. As a result, airports across the country are becoming more conscious of making the travel experience as comfortable as possible through sustainable design. Sustainable design not only helps achieve a high level of energy-efficiency and cost reduction, but also prevents fatigue for waiting passengers and visitors.

Role of energy-efficient glazing in green airport architecture

  • Energy-efficient glazing helps in daylighting integration and creates a no-fatigue environment
  • It maintains indoor environment quality while increasing occupants’ comfort
  • It reduces maintenance costs
  • It reduces overall electricity bills as glass minimizes the need for air-conditioning and artificial lighting
  • It increases the aesthetic value of the airport while maintaining acoustic comfort
  • It allows optimum light transmission with low glare while controlling the distribution of light
  • As energy-efficient glass assures sustainable performance all year round, it builds enveloped energy-efficiency

Going green with glass

  • For 24x7 performance all year round, choose an energy-efficient glass solution with:
    • High selectivity
    • Optimum Solar Factor and U-value
    • Abundant light transmission to cut down glare
  • A high degree of acoustic comfort can be achieved by laminating the glass with acoustic PVB
  • Very low external reflection will ensure seamless vision while approaching terminals

Ideal specification for green airports

Performance Ideal Specification
Light Transmission 40% - 50%
Solar Factor/SHGC 0.2 - 0.25
U-value less than 2 Wsqm/k
External Reflection less than 20%
Acoustic 45-50db reduction

Technical specifications for energy-efficient glass for airports:

  • Fifth-generation double-silvered low-e coated glass is the ideal solution to achieve:
    • High light transmission
    • Low power consumption
    • Very low external reflection
    • Very high transparency
  • Selectivity with regard to the ratio of light transmission to solar heat gain inside the airport, superior spectral selectivity of 2 provides complete transparency with the highest heat ingress insulation.
  • Double-laminated DGU (86.4-24-68.4) is the ideal glazing combination for the desired acoustic comfort.

Recommended product range

Any variant of Envision (SKN Series), a fifth-generation glass, is the right choice for sustainable design for green airports

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