Buildings Benefit from Glass Envelope and Preventive Maintenance

11/13/2018 | By Valerie Dennis Craven

Seeing a glass building in the distance can be impressive to look at. It can stand out and command the landscape. Shimmering as you approach and transparent yet hiding what might be on the other side, it’s full of light and opportunities. On the inside, people often rave about the natural light and views it provides.

(Photo: Thompson Hotel, a curved skyscraper, in Nashville, TN. Credit: Albert Vecerka/Esto)

But that’s far from the only benefits of having a glass envelope. According to our article “Glass Buildings Reflect Many Benefits,” modern designs, color, security, occupant happiness and energy reduction technology are now infused in glass.

An almost-seemingly infinite number of glass options are available for your building envelope. “We’re moving toward as high-performance [glass] as possible and highest visible light as possible at the same time,” Meghan Beach, architectural representative for AGC Glass North America, notes in the article.

If you have or are thinking of installing a glass envelope, the article also offers tips on maintaining existing glass in your building. Benefits include keeping the building and occupants in top shape, including inspections and preventive maintenance.

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Preventive Maintenance Offers Savings and Operational Continuity

Speaking of, preventive maintenance throughout your building is very important. It can lead to cost savings over time, fewer unplanned breakdowns and more consistent uptime at your facility.

“The cost of additional labor for unplanned or reactive maintenance and repair is higher than doing routine preventive maintenance because all of a sudden, you’re not in control of the resources,” says Jim Whittaker, engineering services lead at JLL.  

Before beginning preventive maintenance, however, it’s important to have a strategy that the key stakeholders agree to. Having procedures and steps documented, know when the right time or step in the process something should be maintained and have a realistic budget.

In our article “Stop Wasting Money on Deferred Maintenance,” learn how to determine all of these important elements for a successful preventive maintenance strategy.

With this information, you can make your building work better for you, inside and out.


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