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Glass Faccades to Dominate Despite Harmful Effect on Environment - Architect

Glass Faccades to Dominate Despite Harmful Effect on Environment - Architect

Until   a new technology immerges, the use of glass façades will remain the number one choice for Building Designers, Real Estate Developers and Architects, The modern Skyscrapers elegant and attractive pose the glass façades brings to buildings has occasioned its high patronage in the construction industry in recent years regardless of the its harmful effect to users and the environment, according to Architects, Marvin Quarshie. 

Touching on the need to advance new technologies to cure the effects that glass façades pose to the environment and human lives Mr.  Marvin Quarshie, in an interview with real estate times Africa, highlighted the harm the technology has brought to the environment in some countries such as the United States of America, the renowned architect, however, did not minced words on the beauty that glass offers buildings . “Glass has a way of making buildings look elegant in terms of transparency and how lights reflect on it, most architects in Ghana borrow architectural designs ideas from Europe”

He cited statistics from the U.S. and Europe on the harm glass has on the environment to buttress his stance; “About 250,000 birds die daily in Europe flying into glass façades, but statistics hasn’t generated anything in Ghana. However, glass when used in construction produces carbon footprint which is enormous and that affect the environment’.

Besides its environmental effects and elegance, the material for construction, is the taste for most Architects who explore their creativity because glass can easily be molded. Commercial buildings and corporate buildings have adopted its use for designing their buildings in spite of its high cost. 

Arch. Quarshie averred that, people have become victims of the glare effect which comes from glass façades adding that, the reflection from glass façades is disruptive for motorists. He said, “the reflection of the sun can hit pedestrians and drivers on road which can cause accidents.”         

He also said some tenants express discomfort about the glaring view from others in another building which makes the tenants unhappy and affect real estate agents. Glass façade produces a lot of heat as well. Major Cities in Ghana have a long way to go when it comes to Architectural Designs.

He compared the current development in the country to other countries like South Africa and encouraged his fellow Architects to up their game to make the Cities in Ghana attractive. As a measure to mitigate the effect of glass façade on people and birds, Arch. Quarshie advised that adaptive façade be used to minimize accidents. 


Source: Nana Agyei Sikapa Ofosu-Manu (Real Estate Times Africa)

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