Glass Facade Advantages for Highrise Buildings

Glass facade advantages include natural lighting, weather resistance and aesthetic appeal. Many modern buildings by multinational corporations have glass facades on them. In addition, glass facades stand out among the numerous buildings in any urban area.

Energy savings and green construction

Glass materials are able to transmit light into the building. In fact, up to 80% of the natural light can come into the premises. This means the building can save huge amounts of electricity every day and in the long run.

The energy savings align with the green principles of construction. There will be less carbon footprint. The cost savings can accumulate in the long run (especially if the buildings will remain there for the coming decades).

In addition, natural light benefits the people inside the building. It’s just recently that humans have heavily depended on artificial light. For thousands of years, we’re only relying on the light from the sun.

Weather resistance and aesthetic appeal

Glass is a popular material for construction (and even everyday use) because it has a high resistance against physical and chemical reactions. It can resist natural elements and weathering. It can withstand the test of time without any compromise in its structure and aesthetic appeal.

Also, glass is relatively easy to clean and maintain. There will be no corrosion and it remains stable even when exposed to sunlight and moderate heat for very long. In other words, the building facade made mainly with glass will remain elegant even after many years and decades.

Possible disadvantages

No material is perfect for all applications. This applies especially in the construction field. There are tradeoffs to be made. That’s why architects and engineers balance the constraints to achieve the client’s vision.

For instance, glass often results to glare which can be a nuisance to surrounding people and establishments. Facade engineers might need to do additional treatment to the glass to reduce glare. They can perform other measures to minimise glare while still attaining the client’s specifications.

Moreover, glass transmits heat into the building interior. Facade consultants and engineers will then need to perform additional thermal analysis. They can then take measures to mitigate the additional heat transfer by insulation and other means.

Glass facade advantages

Those are just some of the advantages and possible drawbacks of glass facades. Glass has its own unique advantages. However, the tradeoffs will still be there which is why facade experts should handle the job.

Here at CGS Facade, our facade consultants and engineers have multinational experience. We are committed to achieving our clients’ vision and producing the most cost-effective results. Contact us today for more information.