Fenestration Digital Magazine edition 14

F E N E S T R A T I O N D I G I T A L

CLIPPINGS AND MUSINGS - AUGUST 2019 - HELEN DUVAL

With building land still at a premium the trend of urban regeneration will undoubtedly continue for a few years yet, despite some hesitancy to move by homeowners. Our regional cities are gaining huge benefits from massive overhauls with sales prices and the desire to live with everything ‘to hand’, now extremely attractive to millennials. As the route to homeownership continues to be complex and difficult there are incentives that will see traditional options being adapted to meet the needs of a country with a continuing housing shortage. Predominantly, these large scale developments incorporate high performance materials that are turning high rise living into an attractive commodity in cityscapes with a rapidly growing population. Potential buyers or investors are driving growth in the regions by providing London standards at affordable prices.

In terms of products for this sector, smart glass is predicted to dominate new architectural design. With many governments developing initiatives to introduce energy efficient products into new build projects for both commercial and residential installations this is now becoming a rapidly growing market. With prominent players in the glass industry having made vast investments in these new technologies, smart glass is the latest innovative concept that will continue to be a rising star for years to come. With its unique, switchable technology it is perfect for many applications in the design of corporate buildings, such as hotels and hospitals depending on the needs of the occupants. There is a lot of promise for the residential sector also, in terms of improving the appearance of a property. Functionality and privacy will be invaluable on larger scale commercial projects. Catering for an increasing urban population that has a larger disposable income will clearly inject greater interest in this type of product as the desire and demand will naturally increase.

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