Fenestration Have a Big Role in Sustainable Building Design

Fenestration Have a Big Role in Sustainable Building Design

Date : 24 Janvier 2020 | Source : Voir Vert

Today, the role of fenestration goes far beyond its usual framework. More than a landmark in architectural expression, it has become a determining factor in sustainable building design. It involves challenges that are difficult to reconcile, but achievable and beneficial for reducing the ecological footprint of a building. Increasingly popular, learn more about this trendy and green approach.

Optimization of natural light
Putting more windows to promote the abundance of natural light is one of the main objectives because of its many benefits on the well-being and productivity of its occupants. Several techniques can be used to optimize natural light while favoring the comfort of the occupants: think about the orientation of the glazed surfaces, favor the entire glazed architecture, define the use of spaces, reduce the depth of the buildings by favoring their length, etc.

Overall energy performance
By the presence of numerous windows, thermal balance in winter and summer is an even greater challenge. Considering the orientation of the windows and planning obscuring strategies to the south and west are important factors to consider. Also, thanks to double or triple glazing and low-e glass installed in the north and west, conduction losses are much better controlled and contribute to the energy efficiency of the building.

Building mechanics also benefit from the cross effects linked to heat gains and heat losses caused by fenestration, thereby reducing equipment acquisition costs, maintenance and operating costs.

We understand the challenges of sustainable building design and we offer several fenestration products with high energy performance. 

To learn more about sustainable building design, read the full article here (french only).

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