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Glass and Aluminium Show to Highlight Use of Glass and Aluminium in Green Buildings

Post Time:Jul 20,2012Classify:Industry NewsView:49

Glass Expo Africa, taking place in August, will put the spotlight on a broad range of glass and aluminium products, embracing all aspects of the glass and aluminium window industries, especially in relation to their use in green buildings.

Aluminium is increasingly being recognised as a sustainable material that can contribute to the growing green building market. It can be easily and frequently recycled, minimising the resultant waste of the product and increasing its longevity and durability as a building material. Taking the metals strength and density into account, the energy use of aluminium competes favourably with other metals and plastic as a green building material.

Designers have also found that glass is one of the greenest building materials available today. It controls light, saves on energy costs, provides natural daylighting and harmonizes a structure with its environment. These features make glass an important component of any green building.

Architects and designers expect to see further product developments in the glass industry in the years to come, and many of these developments will be showcased at this year’s Glass Expo Africa exhibition, co-locating with Interbuild Africa 2012.

Glass Expo Africa will also help educate the market about the new SANS10400 part XA regulations impacting all new buildings and refurbishment projects. This first set of minimum standards for environmental sustainability regulates how buildings are designed and built by providing guidelines for minimum requirements for glazing, insulation, shading, orientation and building services such as air-conditioning, hot water and lighting.

Local exhibitor Wispeco Aluminum will be “taking advantage of Glass Expo Africa to increase its exposure in the architecture industry,” says Wispeco’s Tina Malan. “The expo will give us the opportunity to communicate with architects, developers, builders and the public direc