Greenhouse Drawings courtesy of Tom Kedrew, Aedas RHWL
© Images courtesy of PlanIt
EWS 02 - SOUTH WEST FACADE
Not only do the solar control glazing units used within the council building form an attractive feature, but they are also important for saving energy. Over the past few decades, advances in structural glass technologies have undergone radical changes with the introduction of modern coating techniques, meaning that solar control glass is now an essential ingredient in the design and construction of low-energy buildings. The coating added during the manufacturing process allows for the maximum amount of natural daylight to enter the building and can also maximise or limit solar heat gains where necessary. This helps to keep the structure cool and also limits the need for electricity powered artificial lighting. The resulting effect enables the space to reduce its reliance on fuel powered systems. This could not only improve the building’s carbon foot-print but it will also provide council employees and visitors with optimum comfort levels all-year round.
A new landmark The exterior appearance of this building is entirely defined by its glazing. The facade not only delivers the architect’s vision but it also helps provide a comfortable, efficient and light-filled environment. The tessellated glass skin combines pattern with performance, while celebrating
OVERLAID PRIMARY & SECONDARY GRIDS
the most iconic product of Stoke-onTrent’s heritage. The finished structure is a vibrant kaleidoscope of coloured glass, which creates a building with a strong civic presence and provides a new landmark for the city.
Solar control and sustainability
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FC&A October 2015