The integration of automation in tall sliding glass facades

5 January 2024

Revolutionary architecture allows for integration and control of supersized moveable glass facades

In the evolving realm of architecture, the convergence of innovation and functionality continually shapes the way we perceive and interact with our spaces. Among the most transformative advancements lies the integration of automation in oversized tall sliding glass doors and windows. This progressive leap not only redefines architectural aesthetics but also amplifies convenience, sustainability, and adaptability within our built environments.  

Tall vertical sash window and sliding glass doors

When is automation required with moveable glass facades? 

Slim framed sliding glass doors and vertical sash windows are incorporated into project designs offering simple and seamless connections between indoor and outdoor spaces, infusing interiors with natural light and panoramic views. However, oversized moveable structural glass facades pose operational challenges in terms of their sheer weight. 

Take, for example, IQ Glass’s 6.5m sliding glass door and Vertical sash window to the front elevation of the showroom with an aperture of 6000mm inclusive. The minimal windows 4+ system’s glass thickness is 26mm. The ultra tall sliding glass within this door system weighs 1191kg and so automation is required for effortless opening and closing of the system.  Manual opening of sliding glass doors typically does not require automation under 500kg.  However, when designing an inclusive wheelchair friendly space, automation of sliding glass doors offer ease and convenience.  

Automation with oversized structural glass

Automation can effortlessly command towering glass panels with a simple touch of a button via touchscreen, keypads or mobile app, thanks to home automation experts such as Indigozest , introducing a new level of seamlessness, enabling the smooth and noiseless operation of oversized doors.  

Automation for climate control

The climate control aspect of automation can programme large moveable glass facades to open once a room reaches a specific temperature, and when integrated with a weather system, can be programmed to automatically open/close based on wind pressure or rain.  

Reducing solar gain through solar control coatings and automation, aligns with sustainability goals. Smart sensors help optimise energy usage by adjusting door openings in response to environmental conditions. This intelligent adaptation minimises energy wastage while maximising natural ventilation and daylight, benefitting both ecologically and economically long term.  

Safety and security amplified with automation 

Home Security is paramount in architectural design. Automated sliding glass doors incorporate sophisticated security measures to enhance protection acting as a locking element of the overall alarm system.  

With a smart home control system integrated with sliding glass door systems, the homeowner can expect to receive alerts in real time should the security be compromised and forced entry gained by unwelcome visitors.  

Design Flexibility 

Architects and designers relish newfound freedom with automation. The ability to create expansive, uninterrupted glass facades or grand entrances without sacrificing functionality empowers them to push creative boundaries. These doors serve as focal points, adding a touch of sophistication and modernity to any architectural masterpiece.

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