Fenestration Digital Magazine edition 19

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The use of glass continues to increase with transparent qualities incorporated into many projects - flooring, internal walls, under floor cellars as well as furniture and integral features. Toughened glass that has been tested and certified provides builders and installers with complete peace of mind that the end users will be safe. The safety guarantees and reliability that toughened and laminated glass provide gives designers and planners more scope, particularly as glass is becoming the main material of choice for many. For processors, the desire of architects to create greater and more stunning concepts with glass, this continues to be a growing arena with huge potential. As a construction material, glass provides many benefits that continue to make it a popular choice for commercial installations, as well as contemporary residential buildings. Thanks to innovation in glass manufacturing, there are now many options available energy efficient fenestration, with special coatings and techniques that reduce glare in glass. Here is where the benefits of Low-E Glass come into their own. This type of glass improves natural lighting as well as the thermal performance of buildings that have glass facades. Low-E coatings will counter solar glare and limit ultraviolet light. Glass skyscrapers provide striking architecture on the skyline that is hard to match and which cannot be achieved with other materials in the same way. These beautiful structures provide environmentally friendly and energy efficient benefits which improve overall well being of the occupants.

With photographic drones so popular in corporate videos today they can also gather arial data on a future project and provide visual analytics of property or the ground on which a building will be constructed. There are so many options opening up. Robots could construct walls in disaster areas or in places that are not safe for humans. A whole new world awaits. In relation to the glass industry, as a material it retains its appeal within both the commercial and domestic sectors. Increasing daylight and improving well-being are now important aspects that architects and designers are incorporating into building design. Due to improved safety standards and the variety of glasses now available, glass has earned its reputation as a versatile product that will suit many housing concepts, and which can be used as a viable alternative to steel or timber in construction projects. A product that will bring excellent benefits to every day living. Structural glass balustrades provide a stunning option for any building with minimal or hidden fixings ensuring a gleaming finished look. This frameless, sleek option gives projects a modern feel and are a popular choice for incorporating into homes. As a product it can be sandblasted with patterns or logos and can be given a steady footing on staircases. Glass balustrades can also be used externally and are very low maintenance. As a product this makes it ideal for commercial projects such as walkways and balconies. This can add a really stylish appearance to any modern project. Glass stairs are often paired with frameless glass balustrades and they offer an ultra modern look in any property. As laminated glass can withstand heavy loads these types of stairways make an excellent alternative to traditional options and can really maximise the light.

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Stronger, taller, and more beautiful structures are in demand not just with designers and planners but also the end user. Using market leading materials like glass curtain walls and striking glass houses is now answering the call. With the speed of product development and new inventions always around the corner to ease our busy lives we could soon be looking at robotics taking the place of entire construction crews. The good news is they will still need human intervention. Glazing installation and construction have been one of the least digital industries, however increasingly we are seeing AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning to deliver unparalleled options for the construction sector.

With so many tasks being repetitive, robotics will provide the right support without losing the skill of the worker. Robots, drones, and autonomous vehicles such as the HEGLA AGV are now part of the solution to getting projects completed but they will still need some human supervision. Getting the right automation is vital if consumer demands are to be met in an increasingly demanding sector. Bricklaying, loading and unloading, and haulage will no doubt, through the use of robots, also help to reduce work place injuries in dangerous working environments and they could easily start to redress the skill shortage issue.

Driverless vehicles, for example, can transport materials safely around a site.

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