Glass in buildings : Design and applications

By Prof. K N Satyanarayana, Prof. E. Rajasekar   |   IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 1997

The field of Building Envelope Design & Construction has become a specialized field with several codes emphasizing energy efficiency to buildings both on mandatory and voluntary basis. Glass is one of the energy efficient materials that lend aesthetic and functional value to a building. Glass being extensively used in buildings, whereas the fields aligning including the right selection, analysis, design including facade design and consulting is tremendously facing lack of knowledge and competent professionals across the country.This course on 'Glass in Buildings: Design and Applications' will holistically cover the critical aspects of glass facade engineering and glass architecture & design  

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Any interested audience
PREREQUISITES: Elective for third Year Civil Engineering and fourth year Architecture students.
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Structural Glass Industry/ Building Façade Industry
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Modern Architectural Requirements
  • Requirements as per Standards – NBC – Fire & Structural
How to design a Sustainable Building 
  • Building Physics
  • Green Buildings Requirements
  • Codal Recommendations – ECBC/IS
  • Segment Based Design
Manufacturing of glass
  • Types of Glass 
  • Coating Technology – High Performance Glass
  • Innovative Applications – Electrochromic & Digital Printing
  • Tempering/ Double glazing/ Lamination
  • Printing on Glass
Glass as Building Envelope Material
  • Glass Parameters
  • Façade Fundamentals
  • Façade Design & Testing
  • How to Design Façade for Daylighting & Energy efficiency – Modeling
  • Design Tools & Simulation Software's used for Design
  • How to understand high performance glass 
  • Glass for Acoustics, Fire & Interior applications
  • Glass for Safety & Security
Case Studies
  • On Design & Detailing
  • Application Impact
  • Building Measurements & its Impact

Books and references

  •  Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures 
  •  Mic Patterson; Glass in Architecture 
  •  Michael Wigginton; Envelope Design for Buildings
  •  William Allen; JosephS Amstock’s Glass in Construction;

Instructor bio

Prof. K N Satyanarayana

IIT Madras
Prof. K N Satyanarayana, Civil Engineering,IIT Tirupathi

Prof. E. Rajasekar

IIT Roorkee
Dr. E. Rajasekar is an assistant professor at the Department of Architecture and Planning ,IIT Roorkee, India. He is an Architect with post-graduation in Building Technology and Construction Management and PhD on Thermal comfort and building performance from IIT Madras. He is a Shastri Indo - Canadian Institute Doctoral Fellow.He specializes in the field of building performance assessment focused on the thermal,acoustics and lighting parameters.He carries a rich research and industry experience in this field and has published more than 20 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is a USGBC LEED accredited professional and a GRIHA certified professional.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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