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Monday 29 Nov 2010

Shatterproof plan...

Editorial by WAN Editorial
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02/12/10 Jon Blehar, W. Palm Bch
The glass representatives have been telling us (basically lies) that glass can do anything!!! Put as much as you want on a building, and we'll coat it, we'll triple-glaze it, we'll do all sort of tricks to make it meet the energy codes. Architects have always fooled themselves about 'transparency' and 'bring the outside inside' and how glass was the miracle material. Soon we will have to design responsible buildings just to meet the building code. It's about time.
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30/11/10 Michael, Honolulu
Why are we waiting for sanity to be practiced, we have known the issues for about 60 years. Build it cheap and don't worry about the operating or life cycle costs, to fund that the banks would have to be responsible for the whole investment.

In 60 years we won't have the energy to run them anyway.
30/11/10 Joseph Galea, Malta
This is a commendable step - although cynics might say that one may be closing the barn door after the horse has bolted.
30/11/10 Charles Phillips, Richmond,VA, USA
I'm really sorry to see another regulation with a laudable goal be really wrongly written. Please wake up and rewrite the regulations to require buildings to achieve a specific level of energy usage (ie energy per area of enclosed/habitable space). Regulating a material or design approach only inhibits ground breaking innovation that addresses the primary goal of reduced energy usage. There is no technical reason that most buildings cannot be net-zero users and net-energy producers should be the goal.
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Dubai Municipality cracks down on levels of glass used in new building fa├žades 

It was announced yesterday at the EnviroCities 2010 conference in Dubai that a new federal green building code will put limits on the level of glass used in a new building’s facade. Due to be implemented in 2014, Dubai Municipality will be leading the way, ensuring that all government buildings will meet the new criteria from the beginning of next year.

Speaking at the conference on Sunday, Eisa Al Maidour, Dubai Municipality’s Assistant Director General for the Engineering and Planning Sector, said: “The next three years are a trial period to make sure we have enough materials and the code does not affect the market. We thought about making this transition period just one year by decided it was too short.”

The new code states that buildings in the city will need to limit the use of glass used in facades to 60%, or else provide shade in order to decrease the demand for internal cooling. Al Maidour explains: “If you have to use more due to certain circumstances, you will have to shade them or face them to north where you don’t have much sunlight.”

The Department of Municipal Affairs of Abu Dhabi is looking to limit glass use in facades to 30%, with a performance-based approach meaning designs which do feature 100% glass facades must prove that solar gain is limited to the level of a 30% design.

The United Arab Emirates has risen as an architectural playground over the last few years, with fantastical glass sculptures such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Pearl and Pentominium set to change the city's skyline irrevocably. Now the tide appears to be turning, with a much stronger focus on the sustainable elements of design and again, the UAE is keen to lead the way with its strengthened building codes.

There are plans for stricter regulations on water and waste management, as Al Maidour continued: “Realising the pressures of urban development boom, the UAE has given much importance to apply sustainable solutions including transforming the city areas into green, which in turn will reduce the impact of carbon emission and protect the environment.”

Sian Disson
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