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AGC Glass Building, a nearly zero-energy building

Taking the environment as an essential value, the glass manufacturer AGC Glass Europe decided in 2010 to construct a “nearly zero-energy” building to house its new headquarters.

The building was to be sustainable, timeless and innovative. This was the challenge issued to designers for the new headquarters to be built in Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. The new building would accommodate some 500 employees formerly spread over six different sites. The winner of the European competition was the project submitted by Philippe SAMYN and PARTNERS sprl/bvba, architects & engineers, BEAI sa, architects(temporary partnership) and the general contractor VAN ROEY. The AGC Glass Building financed by AXA Belgium S.A. was to be revealed in November 2013.

For this project the architects naturally made extensive use of glass, but without neglecting other environment-friendly materials and technologies. Only glass was capable of meeting the challenge of admitting a maximum amount of natural light while protecting the occupants against the sun’s heat and glare. The designers achieved this feat using double glazing with enhanced thermal insulation in combination with louvres made of screen-printed glass. This original solution makes it possible to control the amount of heat and light getting into the building according to the season and the time of day. The result is greater comfort for the occupants together with reduced energy consumption, while affording a view over the surrounding countryside.

With this iconic project AGC demonstrates that glass is the material of choice for a very low energy building that also lets in a maximum amount of light.

As such the AGC Glass Building is literally a showcase for the glass solutions offered by the group in terms of design, thermal insulation, solar control and above all sustainability. Already at the design stage it won the prestigious international BREEAM certification (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) with a rating of “excellent”.

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