Materials & Technology

Malaysian home to feature all-glass building materials

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 09:46

A Malaysian man has constructed a home that is made almost primarily out of glass in an effort to build an aesthetic wonder as well as a green and sustainable house, according to Guang Ming Daily.

Located in Jenjarom, Selangor, the home of Chen Zhen-xing was built using glass as the material for the fences, walls, ceilings, stairs, kitchen cabinets and a variety of other structures in the home, reported the news source.

"Understanding the ever-changing property of glass has given me the added confidence to create my "glass home," Chen told the Daily. "As it is not suitable to build a 'glass home' which allows the direct penetration of sun ray, I decided to build a unique fairy tale home with rich Chinese cultural value. I’ve also coated all the glass with Nano liquid for the purpose of protection from solar heat."

The home building materials that were used helped Chen deal with the summer heat, but the Jenjarom resident has yet to find a way to provide warmth to his residence in an effective way, according to the news source.

A radiant heating system is one effective way that individuals can heat their homes without having to use products that are visible. The technology heats up in a significantly shorter time than a traditional slab system, taking only two hours.