Over 300 attendees joined the discussion on Architectural Sustainability!
Glasstech Asia x PERAFI Webinar #3 was successfully held on September 15 which saw a sharp increase in attendees, further attesting the collaboration as an effective learning and engagement platform for the glass and façade industry.
The webinar focused on Architectural Sustainability, also referred to as green architecture or environmental architecture. The online sessions recognised the need for industry professionals to come together with innovative ideas and practices on the pressing subject of sustainability.
A big thank you to all our attendees, speakers, sponsor, partner and supporting organisations for making this webinar a success.
With the growing concern in depleting resources, it was essential to start a conversation on ensuring sustainability in architectural design, also referred to as green or environmental architecture.
Hosted by Sara Ang, Director of Synergraphic Design, the speakers of the webinar were:
- Arviana Onasie, Senior Project Associate of AGC Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
- Ferdinando Lucchesini, Sales Manager of Biesse
- José Cláudio Silva, Design Partner of 10 Design
- Yosef Lim, Chief Representative (Indonesia) of G-Energy Global Pte Ltd
The webinar kicked off with a thorough explanation about the standards regarding Envelope Thermal Transfer Value (ETTV) in building envelope design by Yosef Lim, Chief Representative (Indonesia) of G-Energy Global Pte Ltd. He elaborated on how to maintain a balance between energy efficiency and the aesthetic of the building. Yosef further shared about the numerous ways to improve the thermal performance of the building envelope, as well as cost-saving measures, such as the use of glass with optimal thermal property, water efficiency and shading optimization.
“In places like Singapore and Indonesia, it is a very warm climate where air-conditioning is frequently used. Hence, it is crucial to minimise solar heat gain to be more energy efficient. These methods will provide, both, financial and environmental sustainability for the building." Yosef commented.
In a bigger picture, José Cláudio Silva, Design Partner of 10 Design, presented on multiple ongoing projects and masterplans, giving insights into the comprehensive study of each site location. There were vigorous testing and simulations to ensure that the solar heat gain is reduced to the minimum. Elements of the surrounding environment were added to the building design such as lush greenery and local culture.
Moving on from masterplans to machineries, Ferdinando Lucchesini, Sales Manager of Biesse, introduced smart processing through machinery automation to enhance sustainability in manufacturing processes. The implementation of MOVETRO, a handling and storage solution for glass, eliminates human error with its fully automated system. This results in lesser glass wastage due to mistakes, boosted productivity and consistent quality.
The final speaker Arviana Onasie, Senior Project Associate of AGC Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., showcased a fascinating and environmentally-friendly material – Fluon ETFE Film. It has been used in many beautiful infrastructures including Seoul Botanic Park, Singapore Sports Hub, Shanghai Disneyland and many more. Arviana added that the fully customisable film is also a self-extinguishing material and does not produce harmful smokes when burned. Additionally, the ability to reduce the lighting required while minimising solar heat gain, makes the film an attractive choice as a sustainable solution for building designs.
In the discussion round, our eager participants had many questions for the speakers. To round up the webinar, speakers were asked to comment on their hopes for the façade industry to which all had a consensus about reinforcing sustainability and the urgency to do so.
Ferdinando thought that active glass is the future of the façade industry while José spoke about his vision for the future to have self-sufficient buildings. Yosef pointed out that change needs to happen soon as time is running out from the high levels of carbon emission.
“Environmental sustainability is more important than saving money because there is only one Earth." Yosef emphasised.
"Besides the choice of materials, we can also be more creative and think of ways to create or enhance existing sustainable solutions. After all, sustainability is for the people and the environment." Arviana added.
In summary, there are many options to make buildings sustainable such as the choice of materials, manufacturing processes and so on. Participants learnt that it is important to be aware of the carbon footprints left behind and to start making a conscious effort to integrate sustainability in projects.
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With the growing focus on ensuring sustainability, the theme of the upcoming webinar is Architectural Sustainability. Experts from the glass and façade industry will come together to share about ways to minimise the negative environmental impact of buildings.
Through these sessions, you’ll get to:
- Understand the challenges of sustainable building design
- Learn about ways to integrate sustainability into your project
- Ask our experts any questions you have!