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    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2014
     
    Recently at last they have realised how insane it is to build all glass buildings. Do these people have brains?

    So the result is that they are questioning if it is sensible to build all glass monstrosities, tending to come to conclusion that is not.
    • CommentAuthordb8000
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2014
     
    Who's they?

    Nonetheless I hope so. They're rarely attractive buildings and I cant imagine long lasting.

    But if a "world-leading architect" and client want a statement, a shard or a walkie talkie, I still think they'll build it and hang the operating costs.

    Guerkin excepted. I like that.
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    Just remember that surface area and volume scale by different amounts. The larger the building, the less difference the wall makeup makes to overall energy usage.

    Paul in Montreal.
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2014
     
    That's right, the smaller the building, the thicker the insulation has to be. Most unjust.
    • CommentAuthorbarney
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2014
     
    and then add in daylight contributions and consider that the dominant demand may well not be heating anyway - in many cases you want a lot of glass to allow the building to lose heat and reduce the cooling demands - unless you are suggesting natural ventilation for cooling - which will need considerably bigger building footprints per head of users with all the attendant carbon burden

    So neither insane not developed by the brainless in my experience

    Regards

    Barney
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2014
     
    Are "all glass" office buildings going to become a thing of the past?

    On the contrary, as PV glass technology moves on and the "all glass" building becomes a net generator of electricity the likelihood may be that eventually there will be more glass facades, even if they mask something different underneath. Glass is infinitely recyclable too.
    • CommentAuthorMackers
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2014
     
    Have to agree with owlman, with building integrated technologies there will be more glazed fa├žades. I think all glass has its uses and twin fa├žades for natural ventilation and trombe wall effect in winter are a great use.
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