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Buildings Benefit from Glass Envelope
and Preventive Maintenance
FROM the EDITOR
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 hid-
But those are far from the only benefits of having a glass envelope. According to our article “Glass
ing 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.
Envelope 101” on page 18, 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 the 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.
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. Document procedures and steps, 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” on page 24, 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.
Valerie Dennis Craven