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Old November 17th, 2014, 10:47 PM   #1281
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I've been reading on how the use of extensive glass especially in residences(floor to ceiling) has a lot of potential practical/environmental/aesthetic problems.... great views but extensive glare, difficulty to regulate heat and cold forcing central air and heating system to work really hard and waste energy, windows potentially being dangerously unstable and in need of repair. It's chic but don't think t's all that practical other than the amazing views. The quality of glass used is more amenable to office towers, residendes have developers who want to squeeze all the profit they can so even in ritzier places the temptation and practice is to use much cheaper , thinner glass. There are instances of great glass buildings using the best materials including thicker, more insulant glass but it is more the exception than the rule. Maybe it's me but just prefer buildings made of stone, earth and show real craftsmanship. In Toronto particularly there's been a lot of complaint about the down side to all glass buildings...some other site basically had something to the effect that residential towers in particular shouldn't be over 30-40% glass and is critical of the tendency towards promoting condos dominated by glass. Not being a NIMBY by any means, but I wonder that unless really strong, durable and insular glass is used for the most part are developers really going in the right direction with these kinds of towers?
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Old November 18th, 2014, 12:33 AM   #1282
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Aren't there building codes describing heat flux and glass thickness for glass fašades in NY (or the US in general)?
If these are being met, I see little problems in using glass.
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 06:16 AM   #1284
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