Aluminium is increasingly being recognised as a sustainable material that can contribute to the growing green building market.It can be easily and frequently recycled, minimising the resultant waste of the product and increasing its longevity and durability as a building material. Taking the metals strength and density into account, the energy use of aluminium competes favourably with other metals and plastic as a green building material.
Designers have also found that glass is one of the greenest building materials available today. It controls light, saves on energy costs, provides natural daylighting and harmonizes a structure with its environment. These features make glass an important component of any green building.
Architects and designers expect to see further product developments in the glass industry in the years to come, and many of these developments will be showcased at this year’s Glass Expo Africa exhibition, co-locating with Interbuild Africa 2012.
Glass Expo Africa will also help educate the market about the new SANS10400 part XA regulations impacting all new buildings and refurbishment projects. This first set of minimum standards for environmental sustainability regulates how buildings are designed and built by providing guidelines for minimum requirements for glazing, insulation, shading, orientation and building services such as air-conditioning, hot water and lighting.
Local exhibitor Wispeco Aluminum will be “taking advantage of Glass Expo Africa to increase its exposure in the architecture industry,” says Wispeco’s Tina Malan. “The expo will give us the opportunity to communicate with architects, developers, builders and the public directly. “We aim to provide industry solutions especially related to the new building industry legislations,” Malan explains. Wispeco will demonstrate using thermal transmittance technology the energy efficient design of its new Crealco range which it will be launching at Glass Expo Africa 2012. The Wispaco Crealco range is an innovative, structurally sound and energy efficient green product for use in aluminum windows and doors.
Interbuild Africa and co-located shows Glass Expo Africa, Woodpro Africa and Plumbdrain Africa together with two exciting new shows, EcoAfribuild and Current Africa form the largest building services and construction exhibition in Africa and will be held at the Expo Centre, NASREC, Johannesburg, from 15-18 August 2012. The Frigair Workshop and Expo is also co-located at this event and runs from 15-17 August 2012.
Specialised Exhibitions is a member of the prestigious Montgomery Group and is a member of the Exhibition Association of Southern Africa (EXSA).
To avoid the registration queues and to benefit from the business matchmaking programme, a must-have for saving time, pre-arranging meetings and better networking, pre-register online at www.glassexpoafrica.co.za
For further information contact Specialised Exhibitions at +27 (0) 11 835 1565 or go to www.glassexpoafrica.co.za