For nearly 20 years, the U.S. design and construction community has largely focused on single-dimension green attributes of building materials. Most practitioners, with hurried schedules and product specifications up to their eyeballs, look for two primary green features—recycled content and low-emitting materials. However, that is now changing.
Constructing commercial, residential, or industrial buildings can not only be expensive, but also create large amounts of waste. After construction or renovation is completed, most old, discarded material will likely end up in a landfill. However, there is a way to give these materials a ‘second life’ through repurposing.
The primary factors most designers consider when selecting window and curtain wall systems for their projects tend to involve cost, appearance, and energy efficiency. However, other considerations—such as weatherproofing, performance, and durability—can also be critical.
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