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The Evolution of Modern Façades: Integrating Sustainable Design, Technology and Aesthetics

By: PANKAJ PATEL, Everest Façade System

In today’s fast-paced & environmentally conscious world, the concept of modern façade design has transcended its traditional role. Modern façades are no longer just about the external appearance of a building; they have evolved into dynamic systems that integrate sustainability, energy efficiency, safety, & aesthetic appeal. Meeting the demands of sustainable construction, heat ingress control, energy conservation, safety, cost-effectiveness, ventilation, and daylighting, contemporary façades are pushing the boundaries of innovation and reshaping the architectural landscape.

SUSTAINABILITY: THE CORE OF MODERN FAÇADE DESIGN

At the heart of modern façade design lies the imperative to embrace sustainability. With a growing awareness of climate change and the need for energy-efficient buildings, modern façades are designed with eco-friendly materials and innovative technologies. Architects and designers are now increasingly turning to sustainable materials such as recycled steel, low- emissivity glass, and photovoltaic panels that harness solar energy, contributing to reduced carbon footprints and enhanced energy efficiency.

COMBATTING HEAT INGRESS & ENERGY CONSERVATION

The battle against heat ingress is a critical aspect of modern façade design. To combat rising temperatures and reduce the reliance on mechanical cooling, architects are integrating high-performance glazing, thermal insulation, and shading systems into their designs. Dynamic shading devices such as adjustable louvers and automated blinds are becoming popular choices, effectively regulating the amount of sunlight and heat entering the building. Additionally, the incorporation of innovative insulation materials and the strategic orientation of the façade are key strategies employed to ensure energy conservation and optimal thermal comfort within the building.

SAFETY & DURABILITY: NON- NEGOTIABLE ELEMENTS

Modern façades prioritize the safety and durability of the structure. Advanced fire-resistant materials and state-of-the-art fire safety systems are integrated into the façade design, ensuring the protection of the occupants and the structural integrity of the building. From fire-resistant cladding materials to advanced smoke control systems, every aspect of the façade is meticulously engineered to meet stringent safety standards, providing occupants with a secure and reliable environment.

COST-EFFECTIVE INNOVATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

While the focus on sustainability remains paramount, modern façade design also emphasises cost-effective solutions that deliver long-term value. Architects and developers are exploring innovative yet economical materials and technologies that offer durability and energy efficiency at an affordable cost. The integration of durable, low-maintenance materials and the adoption of energy-efficient systems not only reduce operational expenses but also enhance the overall lifespan of the façade, making it a prudent investment for the future.

VENTILATION AND DAYLIGHTING: ENHANCING HUMAN COMFORT

Modern façades are designed with a keen emphasis on promoting natural ventilation and maximizing daylight penetration. The strategic placement of operable windows, ventilated façades, and breathable materials facilitates a constant flow of fresh air, promoting a healthier indoor environment and reducing the reliance on mechanical ventilation systems. Moreover, the incorporation of high-performance glazing and light-diffusing materials allows for the optimal utilization of natural light, creating a bright and inviting interior space while minimizing the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours.

Case Study

Bank of India (Zonal Office) Bank of India, Andheri West, Mumbai

The Bank of India Zonal Office at Andheri West, Mumbai
The Bank of India Zonal Office at Andheri West, Mumbai

The Bank of India Zonal Office at Andheri West, crafted meticulously by the skilled team at Everest Façade System, exemplifies the integration of innovative sustainable design elements into its façade and fenestration solutions. The careful selection of materials, the strategic implementation of innovative technologies, and a comprehensive focus on sustainability have collectively resulted in a structure that not only minimizes its environmental impact but also serves as a model for cost-effective and efficient architectural solutions

While prioritizing sustainability and innovation, the team also ensured that the project remained cost-effective without compromising on quality or performance.

The integration of spandrel panels
The integration of spandrel panels, strategically placed 50mm away from the glass surface ensures a significant reduction in heat transfer

By carefully selecting materials and technologies that offer long-term durability, energy, and efficiency. To ensure optimal energy conservation, the design team implemented a meticulously curated combination of elements, including a unitised structural glazing system, openable vents, and smoke seals. These elements were specifically chosen to minimize heat ingress and promote natural ventilation, thereby reducing the building’s reliance on mechanical cooling systems

The integration of spandrel panels, strategically placed 50mm away from the glass surface along with insulation, ensures a significant reduction in heat transfer, thereby enhancing the building’s thermal performance. Additionally, the incorporation of calcium silicate boards, boasting a non-combustible nature and a two-hour fire rating, serves as a secure seal between the RCC structure and the structural glazing, ensuring both safety and longevity. The integration of spandrel panels, strategically placed 50mm away from the glass surface along with insulation, ensures a significant reduction in heat transfer, thereby enhancing the building’s thermal performance.

Modern façades are designed with a keen emphasis on promoting natural ventilation
Modern façades are designed with a keen emphasis on promoting natural ventilation and maximizing daylight penetration

Additionally, the incorporation of calcium silicate boards, boasting a non-combustible nature and a two-hour fire rating, serves as a secure seal between the RCC structure and the structural glazing, ensuring both safety and longevity. The Bank of India Zonal Office at Andheri West is a testament to the tangible benefits associated with the integration of sustainable design. This project serves as a testament to the crucial role that sustainable design plays in shaping the future of the architectural landscape, serving as an inspiration for the industry to embrace environmentally conscious practices and create a more sustainable built environment for generations to come.

QUICK FACTS:

  • Project: BOI (Zonal Office)
  • Location: Andheri West, Mumbai
  • Client: G D Projects
  • Architect: Ar. Shashi Prabhu
  • Other Consultants: Uday Master and Associates Materials used for façade fenestration: Unitised glazing System, DGU Glass with ST series, Fire rated ACP, Aluminium Fins
  • Commencement Date & Completion Date: November 2019 to October 2020

PANKAJ PATEL, Everest Façade System

Founder & Associate Director,

With an illustrious 19-year track record in the façade design and fabrication industry, founder and associate director of Everest Façade System, Pankaj Patel has established a formidable reputation for pioneering excellence and innovation. His visionary leadership has steered the company towards remarkable heights, consistently delivering cutting-edge solutions and setting new benchmarks in architectural design. Armed with a profound understanding of materials, technologies and market trends, Patel’s strategic insights have propelled the organization to the forefront of the industry. He has an unwavering commitment to precision and quality, which has cemented the company’s position as a trailblazer, redefining the boundaries of contemporary façade design and fabrication.

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