Everywhere you look today you’ll see some sort of structural glass facade. Major improvements have been made in the facade engineering landscape to make glass one of the primary means of construction for new buildings. Not only does glass have a great visual appeal, but it now serves more functional purposes than ever before. Here are some of the main advantages a glass facade provides.
Allowing sunlight to enter into a building can save electricity since you can use natural light instead of artificial lighting. Contrary to what may be the public perception, technological advances in glass has actually helped it regulate heating and cooling in buildings. With the strict energy requirements placed on commercial buildings today, glass will only become more valuable to meet the restrictions and also provide cost-saving benefits.
Strong Enough to Withstand Harsh Weather Elements
A structural glass facade is generally strong enough to withstand some of the harshest weather elements. Whether you live in an area with constant sun, wind or rain, the glass will retain its integrity and appearance much longer than many traditional building materials. And since glass does not rust or weather, environmental effects will not have an impact on your building facade.
Flexibility With Transparency or Translucency
Glass can be molded into virtually any shape and made either transparent or translucent. Most architecture today uses transparent glass for a building facade, but the flexibility of the material allows architects to be creative with how it is used. Transparency and translucency provide both functional and aesthetic benefits, so facade engineering experts can use it in many different applications.
In addition to all of the functional benefits of a glass facade, one of the biggest advantages is how it looks. A homeowner or business owner can make a statement with their property by using glass creatively to build a magnificent structure. Glass has the unique ability to make a building look sophisticated and achieve virtually any architectural design you desire. Nothing is out of the question when it comes to incorporating glass into architecture, so use the aesthetics of glass to your advantage.
BE Structural has many years of expertise dealing with glass and all things revolving around facade engineering. If you’re looking for a way to make your home or business stand out, glass architecture is the way to do it. Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time for a consultation to see how our experts can help you design the structure you desire.