Sustainability in architecture means buildings which combine comfort for the user while respecting the environment and minimum energy usage. Energy performance, user comfort, building functionality and cost over the lifetime of the building are the main objectives. Sustainable buildings emit less greenhouse‖ gases and their materials can be infinitely recycled. Aluminium can justifiably be described as the green structural material used in curtain wall construction for a long time, for it is non-toxic and recyclable, easily formed yet strong, durable yet modern. Moreover, aluminium curtain wall facade acts as solar reflectors and thermal buffers for modern high-rise building.
In recent years, aluminium curtain walls are very popular due to many advantages in the construction industry around the world. For the one thing, aluminium curtain wall systems can provide added structural stability for tall structures that can reduce sway and protect against high winds and geological events. Furthermore, by deflecting wind and rain away from the exterior of the building, these curtains can reduce the risk of damage to exterior surfaces. For the other thing, aluminium curtain walls can enhance the appearance of buildings to create a beautiful facade. Aluminium glazed curtain wall systems have been gaining much more popularity in a variety of applications, such as commercial, industrial, institutional and residential buildings today.
Nowadays, the concept of sustainable construction‖ has been developed, which involves minimizing building costs, materials, waste, energy use, as well as improving energy efficiency of the building. Sustainability also includes low operating and maintenance costs, along with creating conditions for healthy, safe and comfortable living. In that regard, modern curtain wall design considers the whole lifetime of the curtain wall structure, investigates ways of reducing the environmental impacts of building activities, as well as imports the assessment of life-cycle costs of buildings, into the primary process. For example, aluminium curtain wall building material has a very long life cycle, ranging from 30 to 50 years, and due to this durability, the maintenance costs are very low over the lifetime of the building. In addition, the majority of alloys used in construction are weather-proof and corrosion resistant, thus a long serviceable lifetime is assured. Another important characteristic of the material is its high reflectivity, which can be exploited in several building techniques and systems.
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Post time: Nov-18-2022