Asahi India Glass’ Solutions for Greener Retail Spaces
The growth in the retail industry has had a positive impact in the demand for glass solutions.This has led to an increase in demand for value-added glasses like tempered, laminated glasses and also decorative/aesthetic glasses like lacquered, frosted, etched glass, etc. We chatted up with Vikram Khanna, COO - Consumer Glass & Architectural Institution Business, Asahi India Glass to learn what are the new innovations from AIS that help brands & retailers to create greener retail environments and save up on energy costs too. Read On.
What are the latest product innovations in glass solutions by AIS which will be of interest to retailers/ brands/ store designers/ architects?
Privacy of customers is a special issue in the public space. Opaque materials tend to be seen as better options than glass — for obvious reasons! The latest trend is ‘smart glass’, that turns translucent from transparent at the touch of a button! It is an excellent replacement for curtains and blinds at stores, pubs, bars, clubs, hospitals, salons, spas, business centres, and conference rooms. AIS Swytchglas, made with cutting-edge technology, is the preferred smart glass of many architects and interior designers. With increased fire outbreaks in India, it is important to protect one’s space, valuables, and employees. Glass can be very effective in fighting the effects of fire and saving lives. Fire Resistant Glass, such as the newly launched AIS Pyrobel, is specially engineered to withstand extreme levels of heat, reduce heat transfer, and prevent the passage of smoke and flames.
In what way is AIS aiding retailers to create green & sustainable spaces?
An unavoidable issue facing the retail sector is high energy costs due to increased air-conditioning and lighting requirements. AIS has taken the lead in delivering green solutions for an eco-friendly future, with innovations in glass processing technology to develop both single-glazed and double-glazed products with the best ‘GREEN’ parameters. As intelligent sustainable solutions become a way of life, our Ecosense range strikes the perfect balance between outdoors and indoors, function and finesse.
Developed to suit the unique climatic conditions of the Indian subcontinent, Ecosense meets the needs of the Indian consumers who traditionally require more cooling than heating and want to prevent solar radiation from coming in. Optimally medium to low U-value, rather than very low U-value, and optimum light is what the Indian consumers want and what Ecosense intelligently gives them. It allows light to pass through a window or face, while radiating, absorbing and reflecting away a large degree of the near-range infrared heat. This glass variety comes in five different product ranges –Enhance (Solar Control), Exceed (Solar Control Low-E), Essence (Low-E), Edge (Solar Control & Thermal Insulation. Can be used in SGU) and Excel (Double Low-E) range, each of them complete in a variety of colours customised to consumer taste.