By: Saket Jain, Fenesta Building Systems (a unit of DCM Shriram Ltd.)
As India undertakes rapid development through urbanisation, including the creation of smart cities, the shortage of suitable land parcels has led to immense vertical growth in residential and commercial structures.
Although vertical development partly resolves the problem of land scarcity, it creates the heat island effect, exacerbating the overall challenge of global warming. Fenestration solutions and other products that are not environment-friendly further compound climate change consequences. Against this backdrop, using the right fenestration products could help in promoting sustainable solutions, partially mitigating the heat island effect.
The significance of these solutions is apparent when one knows that buildings account for almost 40% of the yearly global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as per the World Green Building Council. As a result, when designing and constructing buildings, sustainability should be one of the core concerns.
Fortunately, well-designed fenestration solutions provide extra heating in winter by trapping ambient heat indoors while keeping the interiors cool during summers through proper cross ventilation and allied means. Therefore, uPVC and aluminium doors and windows are finding favour with an increasing number of corporates and homeowners alike. What’s more, these fenestration solutions come in premium finishes such as pristine white and several wooden textures.
The right fenestration solutions form an essential element of a building’s façade design for aesthetic as well as performance purposes. In the latter, it ensures greater energy efficiency of the structure while creating a comfortable indoor environment, advancing the overall well-being and productivity of the occupants.
With uPVC and aluminium windows and doors, one can find a range of attractive, energy-efficient choices. Greater energy efficiency means the products leave a lower carbon footprint since they call for less electricity usage. For instance, using the uPVC solution one can reduce up to 30% in their energy consumptions.
The manufacturing process: An energy-efficient product stands out in the manufacturing stage itself. As an eco-friendly material, uPVC and aluminium needs much less energy than other elements during its manufacture since it does not require extra additive materials, unlike PVC, steel etc.
Being 100% recyclable: Since uPVC and aluminium can be completely recycled, these materials could be reused during home renovations. This can be done by asking the supplier to reprocess used uPVC and aluminium products and convert them into other sustainable items.
Providing better insulation and low energy consumption: With aluminium and uPVC fenestration solutions, proper sealing ascertains no air passes either indoors or outdoors. It also offers protection against rain and UV rays. This keeps the room temperature at optimum levels throughout the year. A well-insulated home ensures less heating is required in winters while ACs won’t be used as frequently in summers. Consequently, electricity bills are lower, ensuring financial savings and a limited carbon trail.
Requiring low replacement and maintenance: Since uPVC and aluminium doors and windows resist warping and are extremely durable, their maintenance expenses are low and replacements remain relatively rare.
Maintaining stable indoor air quality: Thanks to their excellent sealing properties, ambient pollutants such as dust, smoke and sound cannot enter the home easily. This improves indoor air quality and protects the health of residents.
Conserving natural resources: The rising use of these materials, reduces dependence on wood, which helps preserve trees, boosting environmental sustainability.
Considering the variety of benefits from uPVC and Aluminum fenestration solutions, they remain one of the best ways to promote greater energy efficiency through environmentally-friendly products. Given the plethora of advantages, these fenestration solutions are increasingly being used in residential, commercial and industrial applications. All of which help in safeguarding a sustainable future for the planet.