In light of the unparalleled transition that windows, roofs and facades have made over the years, we take you through some of the latest redefining innovations and trends.
“It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time”. -David Allan Co
The exterior of a building today has certain pre-requisites such as a reliable roofing system, high performance windows and pioneering facades. These are of paramount importance to the exterior of a building’s elevation and performance. This September our Windows, Roofing and Façade Special will shine a spotlight on the phenomenal work being done in this sector and bring forth myriad exceptional and remarkable products.
Moving towards green sensibility
From effective HVAC systems to renewable energy production to low-cost building materials and techniques, sustainable architecture aims to minimize the negative environmental impact of a building. Currently, the most predominant trends in window, façade and roof design, is inspired by a green sensibility and a renewed enthusiasm to innovate both in form and utility.
Natural window treatments
Vinyl windows, fabricated from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are also an affordable and convenient option for homeowners looking to go green. Natural window treatments such as bamboo and woven blinds are making quite a comeback.
Solar Panel roofing systems:
From large solar panels mounted over RCC roofs to the solar panels being the roofs themselves, today the advancements take the shape of solar shingles, solar glass tiles, and even, flexible thin-films.
Welcoming green roofs:
Green roofs are a great option to cool a building and cut down on electricity bills. Although native, self-seeding flowers and grasses are easiest to maintain, green roofs offer the possibility of growing almost any kind of plant and are an ideal alternative to those who lack garden space on the ground level.
Evolving sustainable materials
Ultra-High Performance concrete used particularly for prefabricated panels as well as light-transmitting concrete offer exciting opportunities. In the energy-efficient sector, there are photovoltaic glazing panels, intumescent glazing systems, dichroic glazing, glazing with integrated sun control louvers, electro-chromic glass that changes from clear to opaque in a second and futuristic glass materials such as ‘kinetic’ glass which can curl or open in response to changing environmental conditions. Single and multi-layer ETFE ‘cushions’ provide external envelope solutions that are lightweight, flexible for fritting and printing, and resistant to UV degradation and pollution.
Other materials that are interesting to note are compound curved ceramic tiles, Corian façade panels and ‘sci-fi’ materials such as thermo-formed plastic tiles coated with powdered photo-catalytic titanium dioxide which scrub pollution from the air.
The unique and explorative design processes demonstrate fascinating new ways in which to reinterpret what windows, roofs and facades mean today!
French-style, skylights and even custom designed windows are the rage. Let the light, sky and the view be the focus with a new generation of high performance window systems and accessories.
Window Magic India
Window Magic’s exquisite collection of sliding windows adds panache to your homes. Crafted and designed in contemporary styles to compliment your desires and tastes they offer excellent performance and smooth integration, they can be the most elegant choice for your home design. With enhanced features including simplicity, architectural enrichment, and easy to use, these sliding windows are made by keeping different ideas in mind to cater different needs of different customers.
Ideal for ventilating halls and other large areas, bigAir® Louvre Windows are system-independent. Thus, they can be installed in any stick-system assembly, wall reveals and timberwork structures. From indoor swimming pools to high-rise buildings, churches to hotels, sports facilities to factory sheds and residences to conservatories, the application of these windows is virtually unlimited. Supplied as fully pre-assembled units complete with glazing, the fitting of the louvred windows is straightforward and requires no fine adjustment of hardware.
ARTec® Venetian Blinds make a fine statement in the facade of a building. Easily compatible with different architectural styles, the blinds ensure that the desired room atmosphere is achieved with the help of variable visibility and sun protection. Further, they provide flexible and soft room lighting, adjustable privacy levels and energy cost savings.
Protect your home or office from unruly weather with innovative roofing concepts and materials. We give you a glimpse of the pioneering roofing options from tiles and wood to eco-friendly ones.
Perspective from Monier has an ultra-modern geometrical shape that is dimensionally consistent and gives a sleek new look for your trendy and contemporary roofs. These elegant concrete tiles possess superior strength, smooth finish, low water absorption, meticulously finished with glossy coating delayed moss and fungi formation. It is manufactured in India and is available in many colours – Russet Brown, Silverstone Grey, Graphite, Fiery Red, Deep Brown and Dark Grey.
With a proven track record of over 30 years in green roof construction, Loose Laid Membrane Systems with Sikaplan/Sarnafil waterproofing membranes boast of properties such as resistance to micro-organisms as well as to root penetration. Efficient application methods allow these single ply membranes to be installed in almost any weather condition. Further, they do not require any mechanical fastening, because the soil itself (with a minimum weight of 80 kg/sqm) provides the necessary wind uplift resistance.
Notion – a trustworthy brand in wooden flooring and exterior cladding has come up with environment-friendly, Hardwood flooring with the promise to beautify the Terraces of your abode. The Hardwood flooring also known as real wood parquet flooring collection by Notion is made from superior quality natural wood, by combining its three layers to avoid the expansion and contraction. With the warmth and feel of natural wood, the Hardwood flooring ensures to give cool ambiance and luxurious feel to deck up the terrace and enjoy evening tea or organize dinner for friends and family.
Façade defines the disposition of a building, hence it is significant. We bring you cutting edge façade and exterior cladding choices for your home and office.
Specifically made for exterior decors and instances where you want to create distinctive and convincing stone/concrete like finishes. This unique surface allows you to achieve the very best in terms of visual depth and texture. Carefully developed, Sky delivers an entirely new optical quality, emulating the nuances of rough stone surfaces. Its deep matt finish is enhanced with shiny facets, which sparkle as they catch the light – creating the perfect impression.
Closed Cavity Façade is a double skin facade wherein the cavity between the inner and outer skins is complete sealed. In order to prevent condensation, dry and clean air is constantly pumped into the cavity. The Closed Cavity Facade improves transparency, energy efficiency and cost efficiency. Further, all components are designed to be maintenance-free. Because the facade cavity is protected from contamination, there is no need for cleaning.
An innovative exterior lightweight rain-screen cladding system, Vivix redefines the landscape of contemporary construction for both new as well as renovated structures. Developed in consultation with leading architects, these solid phenolic panels offer decorative surfaces on both sides. Further, they are available in a wide range of colours as well as nature-inspired abstract patterns and rich wood grains. The panels are cost-effective, sustainable, easy to install and resistant to impact, abrasion and weather. Thus, they contribute to increasing the overall life span of a building.
UCC 65 SG facade system offers the appearance of structural glazing along with an impressive design flexibility and cost-effectiveness. The system enables other materials such as stone, rain-screens and insulated panels to be incorporated within its framework. Further, large-scale thermal and solar solutions can also be integrated in the structure. Needless to say, the facade easily becomes the building’s defining architectural characteristic. Schueco’s dynamic 3D facades employ revolutionary advances that make use of new geometric parameters.