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The highest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa (Kalifa Tower), also known previously as the Burj Dubai, which rises to 828 metres. This world-record building, was opeed to the public on 4th of January, 2010.
Besides its world-record height, it is famous for other records as well: the world highest swimming pool is located here (76th floor), along with the world’s highest night club (144th floor) and restaurant (122nd floor). The Khalifa Tower features the world’s fastest elevators, which travels at 18 m/s (64 km/h).
The building is covered by more than 174 000 square metres of SunGuard and ClimaGuard Low-E glass panes.
Each built-in glass pane weighs362 kgs, which is quite heavy in and of itself, not to mention the total weight of the panels. Each and every pieve of the Tower’s covering glass panes received a silver coating in order to reduce the heating effect of solar radiation.
It is good to know that compared to traditional glass, with Low-E up to 50% more energy can be saved. As a result of this, the energy used for air conditioning and costs of electricity can be decreased significantly.
The glass which was used during the construction is resistant to the extreme desert climate temperature fluctuations and strong gusts of wind.
The Khalifa Tower is one of the most unique buildings on Earth not only due to its incredible height, but also because of its technical solutions.