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How are glass manufacturers responding to the growing demands for sustainable buildings? Construction Week investigates how nanotechnology is making an impact in the sector.

Take a drive through any of the major business and commercial areas of the Middle East and virtually all of the buildings you pass will be clad, to a high degree, in glass. Whether coloured, clear or reflective, glass remains one of the most popular facade materials in the Middle East.

But with the growing demand for sustainable buildings, can a material that is ultimately designed to let light, hence heat, into a building remain a feasible option when this can increase the problems of thermal solar gain and glare? The latest nanotechnology developments in glazing design may mean the answer to this question is yes.