Thursday, July 2, 2015
Patterson’s keynote address at the event reviewed the recent evolution in façade technology and applications. He identified current and emerging drivers that are powering this change and discussed the challenges and opportunities now facing the glass industry.
Patterson says “Most projects referred to as high performance have little to do with performative considerations, but are largely driven by appearance” “Performance considerations typically focus on operational energy consumption and new construction. However, Patterson implored, “it’s not all about energy — adaptability, durability and recyclability should all be considered, as well. Beyond that, it’s not even just about operational energy. Factors like embodied energy, embodied energy debt, maintenance, renovation and end-life disposal are all crucial.”
Patterson discussed some of the drivers of change, such as geometric complexity, material and process diversity and acoustical performance.
His presentation also defined differential durability as a measure of performance over time in a specific environmental context.