Volume 43, Issue 1 - January 2008

Architects' Guide to Glass
From the Editor

Green at Home 

by Charles Cumpston
As far as the architectural community is concerned, the planets have all come into perfect alignment for the ascendancy of environmentally conscious building. Both in commercial and residential design, going green is the only way to go today.

A lot of factors have come into play to bring about this situation. The one on which I’d like to focus here is the role the architectural glass and metal industry has played. Both glass and metal are recyclable materials. Both can assist in achieving LEED points. Both assist in meeting the desires of clients and consumers—more natural daylight and more combination of inside and outside in design.

Interestingly, the recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trend Survey for the second quarter of 2007 found that energy prices and environmental awareness are motivating homeowners to go green, and consumers will put their money where their mouths are. A growing share of homeowners are concerned about utility costs, which has led to an increase in demand for energy-efficient solutions. A recent AIA poll revealed that 91 percent of registered voters said they would be willing to pay $5,000 more for a house that would use less energy and protect the Earth.

“Go green” is no longer just a football cry. It is a leading force in design. Architectural glass and metal are building materials recognized by architects and designers as environmentally friendly. 

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