Controversy over 30% glass limit on buildings

New rules set to restrict the amount of glass on a building’s facade have sparked controversy among construction industry professionals.

The regulations, which will give designers the option of limiting glass to 30% or showing that they can keep solar gain to the level of the 30% design, have attracted a range of opinions from within the sector.

Applying only to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the rules will therefore give designers the option of a prescriptive or performance-based approach to achieving energy savings.

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600450 Controversy over 30% glass limit on buildings
Date: 8 November 2010

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