Being outside and our exposure to natural light provides us, as individuals, with so many benefits – improving our mood, wellbeing, and also our health.
However, due to the nature of most job roles and how much we work, we also spend much of our time indoors, exposed to artificial lights and blue light from our computer screens.
But things are changing.
Due to the numerous benefits increasing our exposure to natural light provides and the incredible advances in technology and glazing systems, more and more commercial buildings are opting for designs that incorporate exposing as much natural light as possible.
Maximising this is through high-performance, minimal framed glazing structural glass walls.
Providing a considerable degree of flexibility and design options that create a sleek vision and style and offer significant energy savings.
Benefits of letting more light in
Fully glazed structures are not only stunning, but they ooze style and luxury, adding a modern and contemporary feel to any building structure.
They’re also strong and durable, providing you with a long-lasting, sustainable solution.
You are provided with unobstructed views, so you and your teams, if you have a large commercial building, or your family, can fully breathe in all the surrounding environment.
Allowing natural light to flow into your building allows you to almost let the outside in, with floor-to-ceiling windows that complement your interior perfectly.
Increasing exposure to natural light is also proven to:
- Improve productivity levels
- Increase well-being – both physical and mental
- Increase energy savings (with glazing options that can help keep buildings cool during the summer and warm in the winter).
Modern glass buildings
Structural glazing is growing in popularity in residential and commercial building designs as businesses and property owners looking to maximise the benefits on offer and also create an aesthetically pleasing modern glass building.
Allowing for large frameless glass facades with limitless sizes and shapes to be installed, now properties can be flooded with natural light with structural glass solutions available for entire wall systems, roofs, large window areas, balconies, staircases, and more.
What’s more, structural glazing can also offer high thermal performance, which, when paired with thermal glazing, can further enhance performance and sustainability.
The aesthetics of your building are vital. It represents your business and can often be the first impression of your company to visitors and other business partners. In residential properties, the look and feel of your surroundings have a huge impact on your mood. This means not only do you want to get it right so that you comply with building regulations and guidelines, but you also want to create that great first impression.
Structural glass solutions
There are many uses of structural glass, including:
Structural glass walls – floor-to-ceiling glass is nothing if not visually stunning. Opening up spaces and offering unobstructed views, glass walls are a contemporary option with long elevations of frameless glass.
Glass links – if you’re planning on extending areas or opening space further, glass links can be the perfect connection between the existing building and the new one. For example, creating walkways, glazed roof areas, and more.
Glass balustrades – creating a contemporary barrier or fence, glass balustrades are an extremely popular choice in the design of internal buildings. Offering a modern style while ensuring that the feeling of openness remains.
Glazed balconies – if your commercial property uses an outdoor area, then an all-glass balcony might be the perfect option.
Glass roofs – if opening up window spaces further is not an option, then why not look at the possibility of introducing glass roofs? An effective way to let in more natural light and create a sense of space and openness.
To find out more about the various glazing terminology and glass types available, make sure to check out our latest blog post here.
How to bring natural lighting to buildings using structural glass
If you’re looking to reduce the need for artificial lights and save energy with more sustainable solutions, opting for slim-framed or frameless glass systems and increasing the size of the glazing where possible is recommended.
Working with a professional team, like Clear Living, you can manage heat gains and loss of, glare control, window size, spacing, the reflection of interior finishes, and so much more with ease.
You also have the option of combining architectural glazing and modern casement profiles into your glass designs to create stylish windows with minimal visible sightliness.
Opt for a seamless flow of natural light throughout your property; opt for structural glass solutions that provide you with an abundance of natural lighting.
Trust us, with the right glazing system; you can:
- Reduce heat loss
- Improve transparency of design
- Meet set guidelines and building regulations
- Save on energy costs
- Create a sustainable building that is incredibly aesthetically pleasing.
If you’re looking at new ways to push the boundaries in design and glazing, let the team at Clear Living help.