Bird friendly buildings and windows

By Sally Writes

4 Tips on Developing Bird-Safe Buildings in Zambia

According to the Zambia Development Agency, the country claimed to have a recorded $3 billion in construction investments since 2014. With the major industrial developments in Zambia, wildlife faces the dangers that come with construction. Furthermore, every year, millions of birds fly into unnatural materials, especially windows and buildings. While many are lucky to survive the impact, a majority of birds suffer from injuries caused by the hit. Protecting birds matters; here are 4 tips on developing bird-safe buildings in Zambia.

 Change the Design of the Windows

Architects must create a bird-friendly design for Zambia’s new buildings. Additionally, it is important to understand the reason behind birds flying into windows. With low-rise buildings and home developments on the rise, adding decals, wind chimes, and patterns will provide better visuals for birds passing through. If this is not possible, adding vertical blinds may help reduce the odds of a bird flying into a window.

Choose Green-Friendly Glass Varieties

In other countries, architects have used other methods of glass design. This is to help make windows become safe and visible. Such glass designs include:

  1. Angled Glass – the glass is installed at a 20-degree angle, facing down to prevent any reflection of the trees or sky.
  2. Etched Glass – the glass disrupts the reflection to ward of flying birds from flying straight towards the building. This is ideal for smaller buildings that need less glass.
  3. Fritted Glass – the glass contains spaced dots to be fused onto the surface. This allows humans to see through them. Yet, birds will notice the dots beforehand.
  4. UV-reflective Glass – while this glass is still transparent for human, it will be visible to animals and birds.

Get Rid of Distractions

Naturally, birds are attracted to plants and trees to use as a safe resting spot. As a result, viewing a tree at first glance may be all they need to head straight towards the building’s direction. To prevent this, remove any distractions and large plants from glass windows.

Determine the Possibilities to Improve Building Design

Consider the physical aspects of a building’s structure. How will it affect the local habitat? The goal is to prevent window designs from becoming too difficult for birds to detect. This will help increase the effects to raise awareness and conserve birdlife.

When it comes to designing “bird-safe” buildings, also consider the lights that surround the windows. Make windows visible for birds to see instantly. Be sure to remove any potential distractions, such as baths and feeders. Instead, place them at least 3 feet away from the closest window to prevent any potential incidents.