Bigger is better for glass and sustainability

News Item
18 Nov 2014

Removing regulatory constraints on glazed areas can help deliver genuinely sustainable buildings.  This is the headline message from Glass for Europe in a new position paper on daylighting.

National building regulations and local urban planning regulations in some EU countries contain maximum glazed surfaces requirements. Glass for Europe argues that such requirements are based on outdated assumptions that consider glazed surfaces the weakest components of a building’s envelope in terms of insulation. Some countries, however, have already introduced minimal glazing requirements within their national construction regulations.

In its position paper 'Daylight and glazing requirements in new constructions', Glass for Europe makes the case to decision-makers that they need to be much more aware about the social and economic contributions of glazed areas in designing genuinely sustainable buildings.

Glass for Europe is the trade association of flat glass manufacturers in Europe, of which the NSG Group is an active participant. Amongst other objectives, the trade association aims to raise the awareness of the role of glass in a sustainable built environment and bust some of the myths about glass.

Citing evidence that demonstrates large glazed areas contribute to healthier and more comfortable buildings, improve energy efficiency and reduce the environmental footprint of buildings, Glass for Europe calls on national and local decision makers to:

- introduce requirements for minimum glazed surface areas in thermal regulations

- remove outdated maximum glazed surface area requirements from local urban planning regulations

The Glass for Europe Position Paper is available via the link below:

http://www.glassforeurope.com/images/cont/225_61432_file.pdf  
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