Announcement Date : Jan 15 , 2016
Innovation: Design of an Adaptable Cover to the Climate 95 % of Crystal
Author: Tania Valencia Ortiz
Description: A building strongly impacts the environment and represents an important contribution to global pollution; but this can be avoided if designed considering energy efficiency. The building envelope, especially the facade, the building protects the environment, so it is a very important design element of sustainable building. Glass plays an important role in a facade, providing views and natural lighting, but this material is not a good thermal insulator. It is often seen as unsustainable because it is related to the greenhouse effect. As I begin my investigation, I looked for a better material than glass, which led me to research the construction and ETFE plastic. I discovered that the ETFE polymers and still have many limitations when compared with glass, despite being very good thermal insulation.
Profit, Social Impact: Glass can be sustainable if it is properly designed. It exists in large quantities in the earth, and is 100% recyclable. The greenhouse effect can be used to produce energy that can be re-used to heat or cool buildings. It is waterproof and transparent, therefore, a very good coating material, and can be safely used as a structural element as it performs better than concrete. It can be considered as the transparent concrete of future.