With increased use of glass walls for transparency of structures, cooling of the buildings became more and more essential. Initially, it was attempted to use textile or metallic shading systems to lower the temperature, but most of them were neither wind nor weather proof. After the oil crisis of 1973, in addition to the above problems with architectural glass walls, minimizing the transmitted heat in insulating glass units (IGU) came up because glass buildings with interior heat load have more cooling than heating problems.

The seminar on highly transparent and energy saving glass will address the a commonly accepted criteria for minimized heat loss of transparent buildings with relatively low cost as suggested by lessons learnt through research and experience in great details.The openings should create exterior contact, provide acoustic insulation and anti-glare, let daylight into an interior space and support energy transfer to interior and exterior. The seminar will provide the solutions by using highly energy efficient glass which can reduce the consumption of energy, therefore reduce the requirements for air conditioning systems in the buildings while at the same time enhance the aesthetics.