‘Glass box’ architecture leads to lower thermal performance, higher costs, expert says
October 17, 2008
Designers wanting to reduce the environmental footprint of their buildings are in fact often adding to the environmental load by overglazing their structures, a Toronto architect says, according to an Oct. 16 Daily Commercial News report.
Many designers are upping the amount of glass in their facades in order to increase daylighting and provide good views, explained Jenny McMinn of Halsall Associates. But, she warned, there’s a significant downside in increased energy costs associated with lost heating and cooling.