Glass has advanced from providing daylight to controlling the entire solar spectrum and providing insulation, sound control, fire retardation, safety, security, decoration, shape, glare reduction and more.
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With urban densification putting a strain on infrastructure services, some councils now require stormwater to be dealt with in situ, easing the strain on public systems.
Flash floods in cities worldwide are becoming commonplace, but what is being done to cope with the heavy downpours that will only increase as climate change bites?
A new solar collector system, being developed at the University of Waikato, integrates neatly into standard roofing iron and can generate both electricity and heat.
Mimicking the shapes and materials of nature typifies the emerging field of living building design. Although requiring a rethink of traditional design, it could deliver buildings more sympathetic to people and the environment.