Everything from residential flats to commercial high-rises is being specified with sustainability in mind. Channel glass is one building material with which architects can enhance a building’s energy efficiency.
New York City and several others have established construction standards mandating the use of bird-friendly glass to reduce avian fatalities resulting from accidental collisions with transparent building skins.A Clear and Present Solution for Birds
Spacesmith’s design for Part of the Solution (POTS) office in Bronx, New York, includes a full-service kitchen and dining area, food pantry, counselling offices, a clothing exchange, showers, a barber shop, and medical suites.
During the last decade, the construction industry has seen an evolution of finishes and applications. This has changed the way metal panels are being designed—they are no longer viewed just as a durable means to enclose a building. This change in perception can be seen in the adoption of a complex metal rainscreen system comprising interlacing patterns to form beautiful, complex façades.
Channel glass’ distinctive, self-supporting, U-shape makes it possible for design professionals to use glazing in new ways. The final part in this three-article series examines applications related to durability in the face of high winds, along with energy efficiency and colorfastness.