Sustainability 104: doing glass walls right

Since many of today’s newest urban structures are designed to be swathed in broad expanses of glass, it’s reasonable to seek sustainability and energy savings in glazing and fenestration (window) systems.

And, since commercial buildings across the nation typically consume nearly half of all the energy of our built environment, there exists a sizable ‘base’ of energy use from which we can glean savings as payback for initial investment.Further, much of the energy consumption of commercial buildings — whether for heating, cooling, lighting or air tempering — can be affected by buildings’ exterior envelopes. Glass walls done right can be the economic gift that keeps on giving, year after year.

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