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The Glass House is a research prototype for a comfortable if elementary retreat in a tense juxtaposition with harsh surrounding environment. The project, initiated by Guardian Glass is challenging thermal and structural abilities of glass. This project is a response to the local, desert climate conditions. It is about both passive design and renewable energy generation.
The Glass House will be the setting of a 1-week retreat for a single person or a couple. The guests will be selected from different tourist sharing platforms. The internal space is organized in 3 parts: bedroom, living area and bathroom with sanitary core in the middle with all of the spaces opening towards the porch which is a covered and shaded external platform that is protected from the sun and wind.
The glass thermally efficient envelope is constructed of triple glazing walls that, due to use of almost invisible coatings, protects the interior from the sun.
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Our Envelopes team developed bespoke details to accommodate the structural function of the glazing, and supported the client during the procurement phase. Excerpt from Transsolar climate engineers "The key objective was to design a house with minimal ecological footprint, which could provide an optimized thermal comfort and low energy demand to be self-sufficient.
Hence, different architectural approaches where tested based on energy consumption and thermal comfort during the design process of the desert house. The final autarchy design solution features both, passive and active solutions.
The passive design is driven by shading during harsh summer periods in order to protect against solar radiation. Whereas the active design elements — like photovoltaic cells — utilizes the local climate conditions to produce renewable energy. In short: high comfort — low impact as design drivers, developed and optimized to the local climate challenges and potentials.
A desert. A house. A range of special glass types and a team of skilled professionals. Challenging nature and designed to withstand the Gorafe Desert Province of Granada, Spain , which is considered one of the most adverse and extreme environments in Europe, La Casa del Desierto stands on a wooden structure and is fully glazed with high performance, energy-efficient Guardian Glass.
A large space directly overlooking the landscape, La Casa also has a water filtration system, an energy generation system and a set of photovoltaic panels.
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The vision is to meet current and future challenges of architecture and construction, promoting environmentally friendly and energy efficient structures. A project where the glass type used to enclose each space has a direct impact, demonstrating that it is possible to transform the interior environment of a home by selecting the most appropriate glass for each situation.
The window glazing in a home helps save energy, improves the thermal and acoustic insulation of the inner spaces and can even increase the level of security against impact or attempted burglary. Ultimately, when selected according to the specific needs of each case, glazing ensures that a building is a practical and comfortable home regardless of where it is located.
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What's more, Guardian Glass, in addition to having the right product portfolios, has the tools to easily specify products, while providing advice and guidance along the way. With the help of high performance Guardian Glass glazing, architects and interior designers from around the world can design and enhance the great indoors.
Guardian is a diversified global manufacturing company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with leading positions in float glass, fabricated glass products and other building products for commercial, residential and automotive applications. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 17, people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Visit www. InGlass is a trademark of Guardian Industries Corp.
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