amount of daylight combined with the
f exibility throughout the day and year
makes applications like these interest-
ing and needed,”says Koch.He adds that
operable façades provide possibilities to
optimize heat load versus daylight.
Architecture itself is dynamic—
constantly changing in terms of design
and aesthetics. As a result, contract
glaziers have updated and adapted
their capabilities over the years to
meet these architectural desires. The
same can be said for those open to the
increasing interest in kinetic façades.
As Patterson explains, façade systems
that respond to changing interior and
exterior environmental conditions will
become increasingly important. Their
use will be driven by considerations
such as health, comfort, productivity
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tinue to grow, and resulting in more
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This represents opportunity for
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effective, practical and economical
solutions in response,” says Patterson.
And as Koch points out, “A f exible
solar shading system increases the
possibility of a greater amount of glass
and, therefore, increases the amount
of daylight inside the building.” And
based on current architectural de-
mands, an increasing amount of day-
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Architects are designing increasingly
complex structures—ones that call on
glass to do more and more. This alone before you start requiring it to move.
He adds, “The future belongs to the
can be a challenge. Now, with an eye on Kinetics significantly amplifies the players who can bring such fully inte-
building façades that move, the indus- challenge. But we can and will con- grated systems to market with reasonable
try will be faced with an even greater tinue to improve. A place to start is economy and a considered delivery strat-
with automated window and skylight egy that accounts for reliability,durability
“Static façade systems and compo- systems--products that abound in Eu- and maintenance.” n
nents can be quite challenging on their rope, and have for a long time, but
own.Requiring them to move can easily are rare in North America. The big
increase the complexity not by two or opportunity is the integration of
three times, but by an order of magni- such products with building man-
tude,” says Patterson, who adds that, in agement systems that can optimize
addition to cost,there’s also the expense ventilation,lighting,thermal,visual,
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of additional life cycle maintenance.
and even acoustical comfort,and,of
This stuff is all hard enough even course, energy consumption.”
July 2016 | USGlass, Metal & Glazing