Vitro Architectural Glass Leads the Way in Biophilic Design with Cutting-Edge Low-E Glass Solutions
In the realm of contemporary architecture and building construction, Vitro Architectural Glass takes center stage as North America’s largest glass manufacturer. Renowned for producing the industry’s most specified brand of commercial glass, Vitro recognizes the indispensable role its low emissivity (low-e) glass plays in the evolving landscape of architecture, especially amidst the burgeoning trend of biophilic design.
Biophilic design, an emerging approach integrating elements of nature into built environments, has gained traction in architectural circles. This design philosophy aims to establish a profound connection to nature and light within the confines of a building. Strategies encompass augmenting daylight exposure, integrating indoor greenery and water features, and providing natural vistas. Glass, a transparent building material prevalent in modern architecture, emerges as the optimal choice for biophilic design.
Annissa Flickinger, Manager, Architectural Market Development East Region at Vitro Architectural Glass, notes, “Occupant health and wellness remains a top priority for architects, leading to the incorporation of biophilic strategies in retrofits and new designs. Vitro’s cutting-edge low-e solutions prove ideal for biophilic design, facilitating optimal daylighting, energy efficiency, and thermal insulation. These attributes align seamlessly with the principles of biophilic design, supporting the inclusion of nature-centric views.”
Illustrating the efficacy of Vitro’s glass solutions, the DPR Sacramento Zero Net Energy Office in California showcases Solarban® 70 glass, establishing itself as one of the city’s foremost environmentally sustainable buildings. Positioned as a “Living Lab,” the office epitomizes wellness, eco-friendliness, and biophilic design.
Glass not only serves as an aesthetic building material but also excels in creating private interior spaces without sacrificing external views. This quality proves invaluable in designing separate yet engaging and hygienic spaces, especially in the context of the pandemic era.
As businesses and organizations usher employees back to offices, the importance of biophilic design in shaping future workplaces cannot be overstated. It emerges as a key factor in attracting workers, fostering satisfaction, and enhancing overall performance.
Source: Vitro Architectural Glass with additional information added by Apazone