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  • Blog Post
    16 January 2017

    Kate Watson-Smyth and Pilkington discuss how homeowners are choosing to improve rather than move

    The latest research by Pilkington United Kingdom Limited highlights that the average UK homeowner has spent £11,240 on home improvements during the last five years, choosing to adapt their living space rather than moving elsewhere to meet their changing needs.

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  • Blog Post
    12 January 2017

    Pilkington Helps Build New Home for Rescued Monkeys

    Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group, is helping to build a new home for rescued pet Marmosets at The Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall.

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  • Blog Post
    29 December 2016

    Finding the cause of glass breakages

    Phil Brown, European regulatory marketing manager at Pilkington UK, looks at the origins of glass breakages and best practice for identifying causes and providing solutions.

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  • Blog Post
    22 December 2016

    Using glazing innovation to create a home office

    Large windows, as well as glass walls and roofs are now being used more than ever to create studies and studios that provide perfect thinking spaces, defined by show-stopping views and natural light.

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  • Blog Post
    24 November 2016

    Help to reduce your heating bills with Pilkington energiKare™

    Up to 25 per cent of the heat from homes escapes through the windows, and with the rising costs of energy and increasing environmental awareness, more emphasis than ever is being placed on ways to save energy in the home.

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  • Blog Post
    24 November 2016

    Using decorative glass to maximise light and aesthetics

    Decorative glass has been used through the ages to provide windows and doors with beauty, style and elegance – and the timeless craft has been revived over the last two decades as modern home owners have discovered its ability to add character and charm to a property.

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  • Blog Post
    06 October 2016

    Fire Door Safety Week

    What is Fire Door Safety Week and why is it important for glass? 

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  • Blog Post
    26 September 2016

    2016 is the year of the ‘Smart Home’ with technology to make life easier

    Technology already plays a huge part in our work and social lives, but in 2016 we’re seeing an emerging trend for tech products that aim to simplify our home lives.

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  • Blog Post
    25 August 2016

    A preference for products that are good for the planet

    Now more than ever, people are realising the importance of sustainability in the home. We’re beginning to understand that our buying decisions have a big impact on our planet - according to the global Regeneration Consumer Study, 65% of us feel “a sense of responsibility to purchase products that are good for the environment”.

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  • Blog Post
    16 August 2016

    The benefits of natural light in the workplace

    Exposure to natural light has been directly linked to greater workplace performance, with the absence of windows positively correlated with workplace stress. A study into the psychological aspects of lighting by B.L. Collins found that 35% of employees instantly identified the absence of natural light as the major concern associated with their office environment, resulting in feelings of isolation, tension and claustrophobia.

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  • Blog Post
    01 July 2016

    How natural light and wellness are driving house design

    Greater emphasis than ever is being placed on the concept of ‘wellness’ when it comes to house design. More and more homeowners are looking for a light space in which they can ‘unplug’, de-clutter and unwind.

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    26 May 2016

    Mercedes Benz Manhattan

    Since its inception five years ago, the incredible Mercedes-Benz Manhattan Showroom has been a stand out landmark on the West side of Manhattan. With its large glass façade, it sits underneath Mercedes House, a luxury apartment building

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  • Blog Post
    11 May 2016

    Simon honoured by the ICG

    We are proud to announce that Simon Slade, the principal technologist at NSG Group's European Technical Centre, has been awarded a prestigious ICG Turner prize – the first Britain to win the award in ten years. 

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  • Blog Post
    04 May 2016

    Clear Cut Customer Service

    Jennie Marron, contact centre manager at Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, discusses the company’s approach to customer service and explains how the contact centre has helped to deliver an enhanced service to clients.

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  • Blog Post
    13 April 2016

    My Pilkington: Business Support at your fingertips

    You may have already heard that we are now offering a new service called My Pilkington –an online service aimed at business professionals and architects. But if you’re not totally sure how it will benefit you, we’re here to help you find out.

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  • Blog Post
    08 March 2016

    Construction forecasts for the next few years

    Recently the Construction Products Association (CPA) unveiled their construction industry forecasts for 2016 – 2019. The CPA acts as a single voice to promote and campaign for the construction product manufacturers and suppliers in support of this major UK industry.

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  • Blog Post
    26 January 2016

    190 skyscrapers have been built in Dubai since 2000

    A property expert has claimed that the popularity of tall buildings is climbing – almost as much the buildings themselves! This is especially true for Dubai because near to 190 skyscrapers have shot up in the past 15 years. London, on the other hand, has only had 23 built in the same amount of time.

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  • Blog Post
    14 January 2016

    Add an extra touch of style to your home with Pilkington Decorative glass

    Offering elegant shapes, striking colours and subtle effects, the Pilkington Decorative Glass range is the perfect way to turn a basic construction material into a focal point for any room.

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  • Blog Post
    07 January 2016

    Keep your home warm with Pilkington energiKare™

    Your windows can have a big impact on the amount of energy you use, the comfort of your home and the cost of heating it – and if you’re thinking of replacing them or simply in need of new windows, look no further than the Pilkington energiKare™ range.

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  • Blog Post
    15 November 2015

    Take a glimpse into construction in 2045

    2045 may seem like an eternity away — however, equipment hire specialist Hewden has taken a peak into the future of construction, with some fascinating results. The report predicts not only how the industry will look in 2045, but also points towards some unexpected uses of technology, like how Artificial Intelligence may be incorporated into building infrastructure.

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  • Blog Post
    26 October 2015

    The World’s Market Leader – Pilkington Planar™

    Pilkington Planar™ systems remain the world’s market leader for structural glazing systems, with a proven track record in the most demanding applications.

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  • Blog Post
    05 October 2015

    National Home Security Month

    SAFE AS HOUSES

    Creating a safe and secure home should be at the heart of any residential project and as we creep into winter, with the days becoming darker and the nights longer, it’s more important that people know how to best protect their property. October is officially National Home Security Month and with a 20 per cent increase in burglaries throughout the darker months of the year, now is an opportune time to raise awareness of home security.

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  • Blog Post
    29 September 2015

    Glass in Buildings - The Hidden Benefits of Glazing

    An independent study commissioned by Glass for Europe has discovered that the social and economic benefits of glazed buildings extend far beyond aesthetics and energy-efficiency.

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  • Blog Post
    17 August 2015

    A Glazing Record – The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

    Providing countless applications across a wide selection of industries and disciplines, architects are constantly developing new ways to explore and challenge the versatility of glass.

    So, it’s no wonder that world records are constantly being broken – the latest being the world’s tallest and longest glass pedestrian bridge, which is set to be claimed by the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, China.

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  • Blog Post
    13 July 2015

    Keep Windows Clean with Pilkington Self-cleaning Glass

    If the thought of spending endless hours cleaning windows puts you off building a new conservatory or installing skylights, then Pilkington self-cleaning glass is precisely what you need.

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  • Blog Post
    26 June 2015

    The Evolution of Glazing

    In the April issue of Glass and Glazing Products, our European technical advisory manager, Phil Brown, discusses landmark moments in glass manufacturing…

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  • Blog Post
    12 June 2015

    Solar control glazing – the key to reducing CO2 emissions?

    In a recent issue of Glass and Glazing Products, our project specification manager, Tim Fagg, explores how solar control glazing can help to tackle CO2 emissions…

    With demand for commercial and domestic buildings to be both comfortable and productive places to live and work, it’s no surprise that heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVAC) are considered a must in most public buildings. Yet they are one of the biggest contributors to energy bills and property maintenance costs, not to mention carbon footprint.

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  • Blog Post
    08 June 2015

    Replacement IGU’s

    Your windows experience the extremes of all environmental conditions – whether it’s rain, wind, hail or snow, they provide a barrier protecting you from the elements. However, broken seals and improperly fitted windows can leave you exposed to frequent temperature changes, as well as higher energy fuel bills due to the loss of heat.

    If your PVCu, timber or aluminum window frames are in good condition, there’s no need to actually replace the whole window frame. You can simply upgrade the glass to Pilkington energiKare double-glazing.

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  • Blog Post
    11 May 2015

    Pilkington Activ™ - BRE Report

    Displaying the benefits of Pilkington Activ™, The Building Research Establishment (BRE) have previously published results of a six-month research and evaluation project on the world’s first dual action self-cleaning glass.

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  • Blog Post
    20 April 2015

    Pilkington Anti-Condensation Glass

    Higher performance thermal insulation glass is becoming more and more popular as demanding environmental and legislative needs increase.  For applications where highly efficient thermal insulation glazing is required, the occurrence of external condensation can be a problem.

    External condensation is a natural phenomenon which occurs when the external surface temperature of the glass drops below the dew-point - occurring usually during the autumn and winter months.

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  • Blog Post
    08 April 2015

    Pilkington K Glass™ S Seals The Deal In H Jarvis Energy-efficient Homes Project

    We’re pleased to announce that our ultra low-emissivity glazing, Pilkington K Glass™ S, has been chosen for use in a specialist housing development, which was recently showcased at an open day event in Yorkshire.

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  • Blog Post
    20 March 2015

    Why MyPilkington™?

    Designed to give companies that buy and specify Pilkington products 24/7 access to a wealth of exclusive content and facilities, My Pilkington™ offers many key features that aren’t accessible via  our main website.

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  • Blog Post
    23 February 2015

    Pilkington Decorative Glass

    Available in a wide variety of contemporary and traditional designs, our range of stunning, high-end decorative glass is perfectly suited for use throughout the home. Offering privacy with a stylish look, each design offers five different levels of opacity, from 1 (least obscuration) to 5 (greatest obscuration).

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  • Blog Post
    01 February 2015

    Pilkington Specification Tools

    Here at Pilkington United Kingdom Limited. We not only offer an extensive range of glass products but, we also have a selection of online tools and resources that can help support homeowners, specifiers, as well as architects on their next project or build.

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  • Blog Post
    21 January 2015

    2015 Year of Training

    2015 looks set to be the Year of Training for the glass and glazing industry.

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  • Blog Post
    07 January 2015

    Help to reduce your heating bills with Pilkington energiKare™

    Your windows can have a big impact on the amount of energy you use, the comfort of your home and the cost of heating it – and if you’re thinking of replacing them, look no further than the Pilkington energiKare™ system.

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  • Blog Post
    17 December 2014

    Noise Control Glazing

    No matter what the source is – railways, airports or busy roads – we’re constantly surrounded by invasive noise pollution. Unfortunately, future trend research predicts that noise levels are only going to worsen as the volume of traffic and transport increases.

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  • Blog Post
    04 December 2014

    Clear Thinking

    Our commercial sector manager, Phil Savage, discusses the advent of structural glazing…

    Whether it’s a full glass façade or a more modest floor-to-ceiling window, structural glazing systems offer architects and installers the design flexibility to blend the desirable aesthetics of glass with the functionality of other traditional building materials.

    As well as being a popular choice among architects, structural glazing can also offer building occupiers numerous benefits too.

    Modern systems, like Pilkington Planar™, combine a range of properties, like solar control, self-cleaning and low-emissivity, all while allowing vast amounts of light into the room. This creates a comfortable and spacious environment, without contributing to heightened energy bills or carbon footprint.

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  • Blog Post
    02 December 2014

    The Biggest Plate Glass Window Ever – 1950

    Here at Pilkington UK Limited, we’ve been delivering unique and effective glass products for use in commercial and residential applications for 188 years.

    Technically responsive, our team has the knowledge and ability to successfully respond to challenges when raised. And in 1950 that is exactly what we did, when we created the world’s largest plate glass window.

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  • Blog Post
    20 November 2014

    Transform Your Conservatory with a New Glass Conservatory Roof

    A conservatory is much more than just an extension, it’s a light, airy space that opens up the home, providing an area to relax and entertain.

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  • Blog Post
    27 October 2014

    Pilkington Anti Condensation Glass

    External condensation is a common problem associated with highly efficient Insulating Glass Units (IGUs). This natural phenomenon occurs when the external surface temperature of a glass pane drops below the dew point – occurring usually during the autumn and winter months.

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  • Blog Post
    21 October 2014

    Pilkington UK Signs Supply Agreement with Fabricator Emplas

    We’re pleased to announce that Emplas, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of domestic windows, doors and conservatories, has chosen to source all of its glass from Pilkington UK.

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  • Blog Post
    08 October 2014

    The Final Week of Pilkington PK1 Training Courses

    In our latest blog, Phil Brown, Pilkington’s Technical Advisory Service Manager, explains the nations obsession with quizzes, whilst also wrapping up the last week of Pilkington PK1 training courses.

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  • Blog Post
    02 October 2014

    Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service Visit Lathom’s Fire Testing Facilities

    With 24 fire stations located across the area, Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service was established to help create safer communities and protect community interests.

    In addition to responding to all emergency calls from the public, they also deal with many other domestic situations such as flooding, storm damage, and people unable to gain access to premises. Recently, we welcomed them into our Lathom fire testing facility to talk about the NSG fire-resistant glazing range.

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  • Blog Post
    29 September 2014

    Off-Line Coating: Investing In Our Future

    In the July issue of Glass Times, our senior research scientist, Monica Hughes, explained the importance of investing in the latest glazing technologies.

    Here’s what she had to say…

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  • Blog Post
    26 September 2014

    MyPilkington Benefits – Live Chat

    In his latest blog, Phil Brown, Technical Advisory Service Manager, discusses how technology has changed customer expectations of their suppliers and how manufacturers are responding.

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  • Blog Post
    22 September 2014

    The Beauty of Glazing - Inside and Out

    Product manager for Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, Kristian Chalmers discusses the beauty of decorative glazing in a recent issue of Glass and Glazing Products magazine.

    Find out what she had to say and pick-up a couple of hints and tips on how best to specify.

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  • Blog Post
    18 September 2014

    Replacement Insulating Glass Units (IGUs)

    Replacing your windows doesn’t have to be a costly exercise. If your property’s PVCu, timber or aluminium frames are in good condition, there’s no need to replace them – simply upgrade the insulating glass unit. This can provide improved benefits such as the reduction of unwanted noise, increased safety or security as well as improved energy efficiency.

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  • Blog Post
    29 August 2014

    Sustainable Glazing with Pilkington Glass

    Glass is a recyclable material, which plays an important role in the thermal insulation of buildings.  With energy costs rising, and over 25% of heat from homes escaping through the windows, more emphasis is being placed on ways to save energy in all types of domestic, commercial and public buildings.

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  • Blog Post
    13 August 2014

    The Construction Miracle of Float Glass

    In the latest Pilkington blog, Phil Brown explains how an unexpected Christmas present led him to thinking about the modern construction miracle that is float glass.

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  • Blog Post
    04 August 2014

    Triple Glazing - What You Need To Know

    Our very own Tony Smith, business development manager at Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, appeared in the June issue of Glass and Glazing Products magazine discussing his views on the ongoing industry debate about triple glazing.

    Tony shares some of his thoughts…

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  • Blog Post
    31 July 2014

    Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Closes

    Due to popular demand and a huge surge in applications over the past week, the government funded Green Deal Home Improvement fund has now closed due to budget allocation.

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  • Blog Post
    23 July 2014

    Innovations in Glazing - A Whole New World

    Kristian Chalmers, product manager and commercial manager (coatings) shares her thoughts on some of the most impressive innovations in modern glazing in the June issue of Windows Active magazine.

    Let’s see what she had to say…

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  • Blog Post
    16 July 2014

    Challenges in glass demand. Pilkington Automotive

    The main challenges for the automotive glass industry have traditionally been to provide safety, security, durability, excellent visibility as well as style and comfort for drivers and their passengers. But now the weight of glass has also been called into question

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  • Blog Post
    27 June 2014

    Pilkington Oriel Collection

    The Pilkington range of decorative glass helps homeowners transform a basic construction material into a practical means of adding style and elegance into the home.

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  • Blog Post
    26 June 2014

    Product Knowledge Week at Pilkington Glass

    It was Product Knowledge week this week at Pilkington.  This time it was the Advanced Product Knowledge training course, popularly known as PK2.

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  • Blog Post
    13 June 2014

    We’re back at the FIT Show 2014!

    We are pleased to announce that we will be returning to the Fabricator Installer Trade Show (FIT Show) on the 10th–12th June, where we’ll be exhibiting our latest innovations in high performance glass.

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  • Blog Post
    22 May 2014

    Celebrating Art of the Renaissance with Pilkington OptiView™

    Helping to celebrate the art of the Renaissance, Pilkington glass products have played a major role in helping to showcase Bernaino Luini’s work at the Palazzo Reale, Milan.

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  • Blog Post
    09 May 2014

    Live Twitter Q&A with Phil Brown

    We’re pleased to announce that next week is the start of a series of live Twitter Q&A’s, being held on Pilkington Glass Twitter handle, @PilkingtonUK – featuring our Glass Expert and Technical Advisory Service Manager Phil Brown.

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  • Blog Post
    06 May 2014

    Visit gives shadow minister a window on hi-tech manufacturing

    Shadow Minister for Industry Iain Wright MP, along with Dave Watts, MP for St Helens North, got a chance to see advanced manufacturing in action when they visited our St Helens site.

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  • Blog Post
    25 April 2014

    Pilkington Spacia Acknowledged As Market Leader for Energy Conservation

    Pilkington Spacia™ has been recognised by Japan’s Green Watchdog ECCJ as a superior energy- efficient product, awarding it with the Energy Conservation Prize.

    The ECCJ (Energy Conservation Center, Japan) promotes energy conservation both in the domestic and commercial sectors. The Center looks to encourage international cooperation and increased activity to ensure the reduction of energy usage worldwide.

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  • Blog Post
    11 April 2014

    An Architect Who Revolutionised Glass in Architecture

    Norman Foster epitomises contemporary architecture. His aesthetically ground-breaking concepts have transformed structures and cities – revolutionising architecture for today’s modern world.

    Foster’s innovative vision has seen him construct visual landmarks around the world. Moving forward with the times, he has expertly executed the implementation of glass as the focal feature of structures.

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  • Blog Post
    26 March 2014

    Imperial Tobacco HQ achieves BREEAM Excellent with Pilkington Suncool™

    Imperial Tobacco’s new HQ has achieved a sustainability certification of Excellent from the world’s leading assessment method for sustainable buildings, BREEAM, with help from Pilkington Suncool™ 70/40.

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  • Blog Post
    21 March 2014

    The Quietest House in the World

    Luxury tree house designer, Blue Forest, showcases its latest project as the centre-piece for The Ideal Home Show in London. Labelled as the quietest house in the world – The Quiet Tree House is a tranquil tree-home complete with next generation sound engineering featuring Pilkington Optiphon™.

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  • Blog Post
    17 March 2014

    Architects in Focus: 2014

    To pay tribute to new and breathtaking architectural design concepts, we have collated our top three architects that are leading the way in building innovation in 2014 - highlighting buildings and projects from the renowned Zaha Hadid, Renzo Piano and Daniel Libeskind.

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  • Blog Post
    28 February 2014

    Buildings that changed the face of 2013

    Architectural concepts are increasingly becoming more extravagant and complex in design. Identifying some that have helped change the skylines of 2013, we’ve highlighted some of our favourites including the gravity defying Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the Torre de Especialidadesis, a hospital in Mexico that eats pollution and finally, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

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  • Blog Post
    17 February 2014

    Pilkington Planar™ supports a new era at Durham University Business School

    Durham University’s new £16million Business School utilises Pilkington Planar™ to create an inspiring atmosphere for students to learn.

    The world-renowned Business School is one of an elite group of UK schools with Triple Accreditation. However, its existing facilities needed to be expanded and modernised to underpin the success of the courses offered. GSSArchitecture, were commissioned to create a fit-for-purpose facility to enable the School to achieve its strategic objectives.

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  • Blog Post
    30 January 2014

    Ask a glass expert – Phil Brown Q&A

    Our glass expert and technical advisory service manager, Phil Brown, has recently taken part in a readers Q&A for Grand Designs magazine. Covering everything from current glass trends through to the differences in types of glazing, Phil provides homeowners with easy to follow information and technical advice. Why not check out the Q&A shown below.

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    23 January 2014

    How wrong were Isaac Asimov’s 2014 predictions?

    In 1964, the legendary science fiction writer, Isaac Asimov, visited the World's Fair where he gave his futuristic predictions of what he thought the world would be like in 2014 – 50 years into the future at the time.

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  • Blog Post
    20 December 2013

    Make your New Year’s resolution with Pilkington

    With the New Year approaching, Pilkington offers a New Year’s resolution that is worth making. Following on from its success in 2013, Pilkington is pleased to announce that its ‘Product Knowledge’ training programme will be making a return for 2014.

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    05 December 2013

    Pilkington Planar™ provides The Catalyst Museum with ‘high-performance’ glass

    Thanks to a £40,000 grant from the Foyle Foundation and a £38,000 Biffa Award, The Catalyst Museum in Widnes was able to replace all the glass in its fourth floor observatory with Pilkington Planar™.

    The Catalyst Museum is an interactive science centre devoted to chemistry and how the products of chemistry are used in everyday life. It currently offers family and group visits as well as educational tours.

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    26 November 2013

    Pilkington Optilam™ helps Waverley Station in £130m Refurbishment

    As part of Network Rails five year plan to overhaul Britain’s railway stations, an investment of £130m was outlined to improve Scotland’s Waverley Station.

    As part of the work, the station concourse was resurfaced, station furniture was cleaned, removed and replaced and the exterior station building was renovated and refreshed – as well as improved access to Market Street and from Princess Street.

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  • Blog Post
    04 November 2013

    The Regeneration Projects of London

    With London’s ever changing skyline, new developments are constantly being planned and developed. Recently, some of the most prestigious projects include plans to construct a replica of London’s Crystal Palace, a £100m fashion hub in Hackney and the redevelopment of London’s Oxford Street East End.

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    23 October 2013

    The best of both worlds with Pilkington Activ SunShade™

    Pilkington Activ SunShade™ is the latest high performance glazing solution to be added to the ever popular self-cleaning glass range. A dual coated combination glass product, it incorporates the self-cleaning benefits associated with Pilkington Activ™ and the superior solar-control benefits of Pilkington SunShade™ – delivering a self-cleaning, solar control glass product.

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    07 October 2013

    Pilkington Optitherm™ S1 Plus

    The latest glass product in the Pilkington Optitherm™ range, Pilkington Optitherm™ S1 Plus, is a superior performing low-e glass that is unique in the UK market.

    Pilkington Optitherm™ S1 Plus is extremely versatile and can be combined with a variety of other Pilkington products in both new and replacement applications.

    Ideal for use in commercial and domestic environments, it provides benefits that attribute to reduced energy bills, increased interior comfort and improved environmental impact through reduced CO2 emissions.

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    10 September 2013

    Pilkington Pyroclear® Opens Doors for Architects

    We’re proud to announce that Pilkington Pyroclear® has been given the seal of approval by Certifire, for use with steel and timber frames. This means that the glass is accordance with the technical schedule TS25 – for Fire Resisting Glass, Glazing Systems and Glazing Materials. Having this certification assures performance, quality, reliability and traceability of fire protection products and is recognised by regulatory authorities worldwide as a respected mark of fire safety – one of the most authoritative in the industry.

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    22 August 2013

    With Pilkington K Glass™ OW, It’s Whats on the Inside that Counts

    Here at the NSG Group, we’ve unveiled a new concept for achieving triple glazing performance in a double-glazing unit, unique to the Pilkington brand.

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    15 August 2013

    Replacement Conservatory Roofs

    A  conservatory is more than just an extension to a home; it’s a valuable asset to a property. But all too often, tired and ill-insulated conservatories leave homeowners with a redundant room that can only be utilised during certain times in the year – hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

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    29 July 2013

    Will retrofit incentives boost energy efficiency in the UK?

    As part of its drive for a more sustainable built environment, the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is keen to boost energy efficiency by increasing the demand for retrofit measures. With this in mind, they’ve released a report that identifies a set of promising options that look to encourage a wider uptake of energy efficiency measures.

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  • Blog Post
    12 July 2013

    St. Helens – The Home of Glass Innovation

    Part of The NSG Group, Pilkington United Kingdom Limited is one of the leading glass suppliers in the UK. The NSG Group as a whole has a vision of making a difference to the world through the manufacture of innovative glass technology with glass and glazing products for the building trade, the automotive industry and the specialty glass sector.

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    04 July 2013

    A Perfect Marriage of Old and New - The Box Moor Trust Centre Atrium Using Pilkington Planar™

    The Box Moor Trust is a charitable organisation dedicated to the maintenance and upkeep of open spaces in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside.

    So when the time came to update and restore their historic Education Centre, they wanted a design that would marry old and new elements to create something new, something visually striking and brilliantly functional.

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    24 June 2013

    Pilkington Anti-condensation Glass

    The global move to reduce CO2 emissions and create more energy-efficient buildings has led to a rise in demand for environmentally friendly glazing products with good thermal insulation properties, for use in both the home and commercial environments.

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    07 June 2013

    A Delightful Period Orangery benefits from Pilkington Activ™ Blue

    The Gannon’s – residents of a Victorian two-winged property in Edgbaston – embarked on a journey to transform their property by extending the rear to make the most of its stunning south-facing garden.

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    15 May 2013

    Introducing the newly updated Pilkington Oriel Collection

    The extensive range of Pilkington Decorative Glass turns a basic construction material into a means of injecting style and elegance into the home.

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    08 May 2013

    Fire-resistant Glass from Pilkington UK Ltd

    The wide range of modern functional glazing now available has opened up remarkable scope for creative design in today's architecture. Transparent designs facilitated through the replacement of solid roofs and introduction of entire glass façades and partition walling is no longer just a vision.

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    17 April 2013

    We’re at the Fit Show

    This week we’ve been lucky enough to be an exhibitor at the first ever FIT Show, a chance for us to bring our trade customers up to speed with new and improved glass products, as well as all the latest in manufacture technologies and online functionalities from one of the UK’s most trusted glass brands.

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    27 March 2013

    NSG Group Launches My Pilkington™

    Introducing My Pilkington™ – a new customised user portal that looks to benefit and educate NSG customers (existing and new), from the glass trade as well as architects and specifiers.

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    08 March 2013

    Constructions of the Future

    2013 is already starting to become a fascinating year for architecture. Construction plans are seeing some of the most influential architects complete various projects across the globe using the newest innovation in building materials. Buildings and skyscrapers are now being built as solutions to modern economic problems; urbanisation, overcrowding and pollution. Here are some of our favourites.

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    19 February 2013

    A Top Grade Transformation

    Pilkington Planar™ has helped create a contemporary state of the art youth centre in Middlesbrough – transforming a derelict Grade II Listed building, as a part of a wider £4.2m revamp.

    Originally built in 1836, Custom House is now a Myplace youth facility, providing a performance space and dance hall, café, chill-out space and crèche for the local community.

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    08 February 2013

    Realising the Potential on October Cottage

    Built approximately 12 years ago, October Cottage is a four bedroom detached property located in the quiet village of Quarrington, Lincolnshire. This property is a uniquely designed home with plenty of charm and potential, boasting a large entrance porch and hallway, a welcoming lounge with original features as well as a private garden that isn’t overlooked.

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    23 January 2013

    Glazing Benefits to Sustainable Buildings

    Glass for Europe, the trade association for the European Manufacturers of Building, Automotive and Solar-Energy Glass, has recently released information on a new study gathered by David Strong Consulting that discusses the benefits of glazing in sustainable buildings – highlighting key socio-economic of glazed areas that contribute to sustainability in the built environment.

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    09 January 2013

    All Aboard with Pilkington

    With thousands of visitors descending on London in 2012, some of the city’s more aged infrastructure desperately needed upgrading. Blackfriars and Stratford Regional were among the railway stations chosen for major redevelopment. Pilkington Planar™, the innovative structural glazing system, was a key element of the new design of both stations.

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    21 December 2012

    A Round Up of Activity in 2012

    The past 12 months, although challenging, have been extremely eventful. We have lots of positive news as well as exciting developments – so what a better way to round off the year by sharing a couple of our highlights.

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    10 December 2012

    Start wrapping up warm with Thermal Solutions from Pilkington

    Britain’s recent wintery weather may start causing some homeowners to feel the effects of the cold, experiencing draughts or cold spots because of old or poorly fitted glazing units. Often ill insulated, draughty properties – both old and new properties – can lose heat through all kinds of nooks and crannies – meaning vital energy escapes and energy bills soar.

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    27 November 2012

    Thanks a Million: Competition Launched to Celebrate Pilkington K Glass™ S Anniversary

    The NSG Group has launched a competition aimed at existing and potential customers  to celebrate the first birthday of Pilkington K Glass™ S in the UK & Ireland.

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    13 November 2012

    Free Your Vision with our Structural Glazing

    Introducing Pilkington Planar™ Crystal Connect™. A joint venture with Dow Corning that puts innovation at the forefront of design. Pilkington Planar™ and Dow Corning are uniquely placed to join forces to create a product that provides specifiers and architects with a new option in point fixed structural glazing.

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    24 October 2012

    UK Coater Update - £36M Offline Coater Now Complete

    The new £36 million coater, situated at the Cowley Hill site, St Helens, is one of the most advanced facilities of its type in the world, and is due to start manufacture in November. The coater will enable ultra-thin special coatings to be applied to glazing solutions, allowing for an extensive range of high performance energy-saving glazing products to be produced. Continue to read for more information.

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    16 October 2012

    Gassiot House – a Healthy Use of Pilkington Planar™

    Pilkington Planar™ structural glazing was chosen for its strength and structural integrity,  for the refurbishment of Gassiot House at St Thomas’ Hospital, which opened in June 2012. Around 150 sq metres of the innovative glazing system was used to create a brighter and more user-friendly reception area for out-patients visiting the hospital in Southwark, London.

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    28 September 2012

    UK COATER – WE’RE ALMOST THERE

    One of the world’s most technically advanced, and NSG Group’s first ever UK Jumbo off-line coating plant is scheduled to open this November, after 12 months of construction, 135 trailer loads of equipment and 16,000 man hours training.

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    17 September 2012

    External Condensation

    We often get asked about external condensation as there is a common misconception that it is caused through a fault in glazing units. Condensation, a natural occurrence, can occur on the external surface of double glazed units, especially as winter approaches. To help explain, we investigate the causes below.

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    03 September 2012

    Keep Your Home Warm and Your Bills Low this Winter

    With a cold winter just around the corner, there couldn’t be a better time to invest in Pilkington energiKare™ energy-efficient glazing. However, many homeowners are often baffled by the vast range of glazing solutions available – often confused on what, and how Window Energy Ratings (WERs) work. Here Tony Smith, Business Development Manager at Pilkington UK Limited, shares his expertise to ensure that our glazing purchases pay off.

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    17 August 2012

    Reducing the risk of urban flooding with Pilkington Activ™

    The recent erratic weather conditions in the UK have left local authorities looking for new solutions to help towns in areas of high risk to cope with heavy rainfall and the possibility of flooding. IBS Engineered Products, a specialist in the design, supply and installation of flow control and flood protection equipment, is now working within these communities to establish preventative measures to help combat the devastation that these natural disasters cause.

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    06 August 2012

    The Good Glass Guide

    Phil Brown has 25 years experience in the business and a day to day job as Manager of the Technical Advisory Service for Pilkington. Here is his expert advice answering frequently asked questions about using glass in the home.

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    20 July 2012

    Battling the British Summer with Pilkington Activ™

    With Friday 6th July being named the wettest day of the year, this summer Britons have already faced a barrage of bad weather. Parts of the country have already had a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours.

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    09 July 2012

    Gwyn Hall showcases Pilkington Planar™ structural glazing within stunning new renovation

    Gwyn Hall has been restored to its former glory as part of a £7m renovation project that introduces modern design elements to the building’s original Victorian architecture. The new cafe and entrance foyer is now beautifully housed within the structurally innovative Pilkington Planar™.

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    21 June 2012

    Zara Hadid becomes a Dame Thanks to her Impressive Glass Based Architecture

    Recognised for her services to architecture inhabitat.com suggests Zaha Hadid is ‘the most renowned and celebrated contemporary female architect in the world.’ From Olympic buildings to Opera houses her modern designs feature some of the most interesting uses of glass in architecture today.

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    07 June 2012

    Going Green is Childs Play

    With the recent push to go green, it seems that the nation’s children are more clued up than most adults. Our recent survey into how the UK are adopting energy-efficient measures provided some surprising results.

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    25 May 2012

    Enjoy the Benefits of Outdoor Living all Year Round with a Versatile Glass Extension

    Making the most of your outdoor space has never been easier this summer, thanks to a new range of modern glass extensions from Ultraframe that help to bring the outdoors in.

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    14 May 2012

    London an Innovative Metropolis

    London’s skyline has been booming since the 1960’s after the height restrictions on buildings was lifted, allowing the country’s capital to become a playground of the world’s most creative architects. Here we take a look at some of the impressive structures changing the city.

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    27 April 2012

    From a family company in 1826 to a world leader in glass

    The NSG Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the construction industry, the automotive industry and the specialty glass sector, with manufacturing operations in around 30 countries on four continents and sales in around 130 countries.

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    11 April 2012

    Is Glass the Key to Eco Friendly Dream Homes?

    Architectural designs of ‘dream homes’ are becoming increasingly ambitious and innovative with large glazed surfaces now regularly used to create impressive architectural impact.

    Traditionally people have associated large glass areas with energy inefficiency and chilly interiors, but as technology develops, people are recognising that glass is not only aesthetically pleasing but can provide homeowners or architects with a number of energy saving benefits.

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    29 March 2012

    Highlights from Ecobuild 2012

    We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who visited the Pilkington stand at Ecobuild 2012 in London, and helped to make it such a huge success.

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    23 March 2012

    Creative Uses of Glass in Architecture

    To celebrate the use of glass in modern architecture, we would like to share some of our favourite inspirational buildings. From the outrageous to the beautifully simple, it is the inclusion of glass in these structures that helps to create such an impact.

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    16 March 2012

    Pilkington Glass and Ecobuild, help build your future

    We’re proud to announce that we’ll be exhibiting at Ecobuild 2012!

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    08 March 2012

    Make Do and Mend: How glass is breathing life back into old homes

    The ‘Make do and mend’ trend has gained popularity recently, seeing homeowners and architects exploring new ways to modernise homes – transforming their investment and adapting a home rather then putting up a “for sale” sign. Shaped glass exterior extensions and complete interior renovations are just a couple of ways you can ‘make do and mend.’

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    02 March 2012

    Burning Questions, Brilliant Solutions. Specifying the right type of fire-resistant glass

    Choosing the right fire resistant glass for your application is vital as it’s important to know that the product specified and installed will perform as intended should a fire occur. Our knowledge and unique software, Specifire, will advise you on the right type of glass to suit your specific project.

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    24 February 2012

    Decorative Glass and House for an Art Lover

    Designed by the internationally acclaimed Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover is a spectacular cultural attraction and tourist destination in Glasgow, Scotland which integrates beautiful stained glass windows into the building design.

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    15 February 2012

    How Green is Glass?

    Energy efficiency is a hot topic, and this week Nick Shore, the Sustainability Director for NSG Group, shares his view on the topic ‘how green is glass?’

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    03 February 2012

    A Brief History of Glass

    Glass has been produced and used by mankind for thousands of years, and its use in architecture has developed significantly with technological advancements in production.

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    26 January 2012

    Innovative New Builds of 2012

    As this year rapidly speeds by – 2012 is already starting to become a fascinating year for architecture – seeing some of the most influential architects complete various projects across the globe.

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    23 January 2012

    New Builds with Olympic Standards

    As London steadies itself ahead of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympics Games, construction of the much-anticipated sporting village is now well under way. The new builds are set to bring some stunning new additions to the capital’s already iconic skyline, promising to excite its visitors by delivering technologically advanced sporting venues that not only perform well, but also showcase the very best in 21st century architecture.

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    13 January 2012

    Driving a change with Pilkington glass products

    Pilkington is part of the NSG Group, one of the largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the building, automotive and speciality glass markets. At present the NSG Group employs over 29,000 people worldwide, manufactures in over 29 countries and sells in over 130.

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    06 January 2012

    The battle against January winds

    If April’s weather is renowned for showers, then January should now be known for its incredible winds.

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    21 December 2011

    Pilkington Building Products... what a gleaming year!

    The past 12 months, although challenging, have been eventful with lots of positive news and exciting developments.

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    16 December 2011

    All change at Snow Hill

    Snow Hill, the second largest train station in Birmingham, used by a large majority of the city’s commuters, and described as a principal part of the city’s transport infrastructure; has recently undergone a drastic refurbishment with the help of Pilkington Glass.

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    12 December 2011

    Future Architecture for Combating Environmental Changes

    Creative architects and designers have been dreaming up futuristic architecture for decades. And although our idea of the future and our definition of futuristic architecture changes with every generation, there are a few similarities; every design seems to help us adapt our surrounding habitats to suit the ever changing environment and climate.

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    01 December 2011

    The self build trend

    Last year only one in ten new homes in Britain was self-built. Plots are difficult to find, and finance and mortgage products are becoming more difficult to secure, while regulations and planning permissions are onerous. Faced with bureaucratic hurdles and frustrations, many potential self-builders abandon projects, sometimes after months of planning.

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    24 November 2011

    Greener, warmer homes this winter

    Winter’s nearly here and we’re all bracing ourselves for a dramatic change in weather, a drop in temperature and shorter days and longer nights. Last year during the ‘big freeze’ many households ramped up the heating – an effective short-term solution that came back to bite when the energy bills landed on the doorstep.

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    17 November 2011

    Oliver Heath's Guest Blog: Let there be light

    I recently gave a talk at Grand Designs Live at the NEC discussing the different approaches to sustainable housing and was struck by a fellow speakers approach with their recently completed Carbon Light Homes.

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    11 November 2011

    Love thy neighbour?

    There is nothing like the persistent thud of an incessant noisy neighbour to drive you barmy, and whether it’s the loud music they play, or the barking dog they have, the question is; can you really love thy neighbour?

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    02 November 2011

    Green Deal Update

    A recent study from Pilkington energiKare™ found that four out of five people (83 per cent) are unaware of the government’s new Green Deal and its advantages, yet over 72 per cent of homeowners are keen to find out more, and learn how to reduce their energy use.

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    27 October 2011

    Energy-efficient construction in Europe

    The European Union (EU) has adopted a framework for energy efficiency, setting a target for all new buildings and major renovations in the EU to be ‘nearly zero energy’ by 2020.

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    20 October 2011

    The Art of Glass – designing textured glass

    I’ve always been passionate about using natural light in architecture, how we capture, borrow and filter it. It is an essential ingredient in creating psychologically better and environmentally more efficient spaces, and glass is the obvious material for carrying it.

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    18 October 2011

    The next generation of Pilkington K Glass™

    This week we announced a new product in the Pilkington K Glass™ range of low-emissivity glass that will help window manufacturers achieve a broader range of window U values and Window Energy Ratings (WER) i.e from A to C. Pilkington K Glass™ S extends our range of energy-efficient glazing solutions by introducing soft coat technology to a trusted brand.

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    07 October 2011

    The legacy of Modernist Architecture in the UK

    Modernist architecture mainly concerns structures that were designed and built in the years immediately after the Second World War up until the early 80s. These buildings were renowned for having a distinct appearance in comparison to surrounding structures that were built before them and for employing concrete, glass and steel as key construction materials.

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    30 September 2011

    Glass helps create two new homes for the arts

    Recently, two great new buildings that serve the arts have been unveiled in the UK and both of these structures have employed glass generously in their design.

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    22 September 2011

    The Green Deal what it means to you

    Tomorrow afternoon at 3pm Pilkington Glass MD, David Pinder and Restoration Man George Clarke will be live in conversation at Studio Talk TV to discuss the Green Deal and what it will mean for the average UK household.

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    14 September 2011

    Pilkington Spacia™ glass claims World Architecture News award

    We are pleased to announce that ‘Pilkington Spacia™’ has been named ‘Product of the Year’ by World Architecture News (WAN), the world’s leading supplier of news to the global architecture community. Brendon Moss, a design and construction associate at Tishman Speyer, who is on the WAN judging panel, considers Spacia™ to be "space – aged technology’’ and that the vacuum glass system it features can be referred to as the ‘holy grail’ of intelligent glazing.

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    06 September 2011

    Glass Harpa Concert Hall brings optimism back to Iceland

    Reykjavik’s Harpa Concert Hall and Conference centre was recently opened, showcasing the design talents of artist Olafur Eliasson who developed the glass facade of the building in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects. Eliasson is best known for his 2003 Weather Project installation that featured in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern as part of the gallery’s Unilever series. His latest work is somewhat different as he has turned his talent to the Harpa Concert Hall that looks out towards the North Atlantic Ocean.

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    26 August 2011

    Transformation of Kings Cross Station

    The UK is home to many iconic glass structures; with the ongoing construction of Renzo Piano’s ‘The Shard’ building due for completion in 2012 and its neighbour The Gherkin dominating the London skyline. However, the dull and gloomy 19th century architecture of Kings Cross Station, with its dark ceiling and harsh lighting is not one that London’s daily commuters would happily put on the list.

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    18 August 2011

    Renovation on the banks of the Mersey

    The recently opened ‘Museum of Liverpool’ is the latest addition to Liverpool’s waterfront that is officially recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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    11 August 2011

    Clear sea views

    Ten years ago a holiday abroad was a permanent fixture in the summer calendar for most Brits, with millions flocking to the med and beyond in search of sun, sea and sand. The emergence of cheap foreign holiday packages and a rise in the average wage during the 1960s created an appetite for foreign holidays among traditionally less wealthy Brits who abandoned established home holiday destinations such as Blackpool, Rhyl and Skegness in their droves.

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    01 August 2011

    Paying tribute to the past

    Salford is a city located in the heart of Greater Manchester and is an area that has experienced a period of intense regeneration over the past twenty years. The majority of the urban renewal occurred at the old Salford dock site that has been transformed from an abandoned industrial wasteland into the epicentre of northern England’s media industry. However, a slightly different kind of restoration has been taking place since 2009 just a stone throw away from the modernism of the Quays that helps connect the area to its pre-industrial past.

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    21 July 2011

    Live Twitter chat with George Clarke 29th July

    On Friday 29th July TV presenter and architect George Clarke will be joining us for a live Twitter chat to discuss the MOT Your Home™ initiative. George is going to be with us for an hour from 1pm and will be keen to answer questions you may have about improving the energy rating of your home, energy-efficient glass and how to make the most of your property.

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    18 July 2011

    Green buildings in the developing world

    When discussing construction in the modern world, it is difficult to look beyond urbanisation in the developing countries like Brazil, China and India to see where some of the most innovative energy- efficient buildings are being designed. These countries are experiencing a period of accelerated growth that is arguably, especially in the case of China, on a larger scale than the post war reconstruction that occurred in Europe, Japan and the US in the years immediately after the Second World War.

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    11 July 2011

    London tourist center paves the Way for energy efficient future

    London is a global city that has brought people together from all over the world for centuries. It’s a bustling place that welcomes millions of tourists every year who come to absorb the architectural delights, old and new, that line the city’s tight winding streets. In the past we have referenced many buildings looking at how they have made a mark on the city and wondered how they will impact its future. The buildings we usually focus on tend to be those of a grand scale like The Shard or The Walkie Talkie. However, this week, we are shifting our attentions to a new compact building that is leading the way in achieving a sustainable future for the city on a smaller scale.

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    01 July 2011

    The road to energy efficient glass technology

    This week the BBC investigated the history of Pilkington and the development of the float glass production process in its documentary series, Made in Britain. Presented by Evan Davies, the BBC paid a visit to our production sites in St Helens and revealed how Alistair Pilkington’s invention of the glass float line in the 1960’s is a prime example of British ingenuity that has contributed greatly to the security of our economy.

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    24 June 2011

    Energy efficient solutions for ageing properties

    The Energy House at the University of Salford is a pre-1920s terraced property that has been re constructed inside a fully climatic controllable lab to research energy-saving technologies for older housing. Last week we visited this fantastic new research facility to learn how academics are using the house to raise awareness of, and find solutions for, the causes of fuel poverty in the UK.

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    17 June 2011

    Energy-efficient construction in China

    Energy efficient buildings are becoming common place across the globe and a standard feature of these new structures is energy-efficient glazing.  By using energy-efficient glass architects ensure that the carbon footprint of a building is reduced, heat is retained and the energy consumption is kept at a low level. This week we are going to look at energy-efficient buildings in China and reveal how a world superpower is incorporating energy-efficient glass into new buildings in an attempt to lower C0² emissions.

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    08 June 2011

    Structural Glazing

    Structural glazing is most commonly used for new building projects but it can also be useful when restoring an older property as we noted a few weeks back in our piece about the Holburne Museum. This week we are going to look at the restoration of older buildings and highlight some of our favourite examples of buildings that have employed glass to enhance the historical ruins of long unused buildings.

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    02 June 2011

    The rise of Megacities

    This week, the BBC will broadcast the first in a three part documentary series called ‘Megacities’; presented by its former political editor Andrew Marr. Readers of the Pilkington blog will be interested to hear that these programmes will focus on a number of the cities and glass buildings that we have profiled over the past twelve months.

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    27 May 2011

    Glass, America and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright

    This week on the Pilkington blog we are going to focus on the work of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and investigate his vision for the landscape of the United States in the 1930s and discover how his use of glass as a building material had an effect on the modern home.

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    20 May 2011

    Energy efficient glass can help the UK reduce carbon emissions

    The British government has just announced new targets to reduce our carbon emissions over the coming years. The Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, has stated that the UK is to adopt plans to cut emissions by 50 per cent on 1990 levels by 2025. By introducing these measures, the energy efficiency ratings of new and existing residential and commercial buildings will need to be improved in order for the government to reach this quota.

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    13 May 2011

    A glass solution to an age old problem

    The lack of space offered by a building is an age-old problem that architects, business owners and home owners have faced for many years. The occupiers may have outgrown the space and original use of the building and moving to larger premises is not always an option.

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    06 May 2011

    Strata - The Future of Energy Efficient Buildings

    Phase one of the regeneration of London’s Elephant and Castle is Strata. It’s the tallest residential building in the city standing 147 metres tall and represents the future of sustainable buildings in the UK. Built at a cost of £113 million pounds Strata is the first of three energy efficient glass towers that will be at the heart of an exciting new development in the area. Offering panoramic views of landmarks like St Pauls Cathedral, Strata is set to become one of England’s most desirable buildings to live in.

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    26 April 2011

    Pilkington Energy Efficient Glass

    Sustainability and green living has become more than a lifestyle choice and is no longer a practice purely associated with eco-warriors such as 90s folk hero ‘Swampy’. Energy efficiency, and the reduction of household waste, lies at the heart of sustainable living and here at Pilkington we have gone to great lengths to produce products that ensure the green rating of our customer’s homes.

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    19 April 2011

    Alain Robert Conquers Burj Khalifa

    Last month Alain Robert, who is fondly referred to as the ‘French Spiderman’ scaled the heights of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The building is 2,217 ft tall and features 28,261 glass panels on its exterior. In the past Robert has climbed more than 70 sky scrapers including the Willis Tower in Chicago and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpa but the imposing Burjh Khalifa was his toughest test to date.

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    04 April 2011

    Observing the City Through Glass

    Glass observatory spaces are a common feature in high rise buildings across the world. Offering panoramic views of urban landscapes they provide an added incentive for tourists to visit these skyscrapers and take in the architectural delights of modern cities from a great height.

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    25 March 2011

    Renovating with Pilkington energiKare™

    There are many beautiful buildings in our towns and cities that provide us with a link to the past and remind us of our heritage. But, these buildings are expensive to maintain and one of the key costs in making them habitable is keeping them warm.

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    21 March 2011

    Float Glass Production Process

    In 1952 the process of glass production was revolutionised by Sir Alistair Pilkington when he developed a new method of creating glass that is referred to as float production. Imagined as an alternative to the expensive and time consuming polished plate glass process the float line is able to efficiently manufacture clear, tinted and coated glass for buildings, and clear and tinted glass for vehicles.

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    02 March 2011

    Home Improvements Back on the Agenda

    Home improvement is the currently the most financially sound way to enhance your home living standards and provide additional comfort for you and your family without resorting to an expensive move.

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    18 February 2011

    David Chipperfield Brings Modernism to the Heartlands

    British Architect David Chipperfield has often enjoyed recognition on foreign soil for his modernist approach to building design. Works such as the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach, Germany or Veles E Vents in Valencia, Spain, illustrate his passion for functional buildings that provide practical space for people to live and work in.

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    07 February 2011

    Self Cleaning Help in the Home

    The idea of cleaning is something that has struck fear into the hearts of people, especially men, since way before historical records began. Cleaning takes time and as time is becoming a precious commodity, especially in the modern world, people simply don’t want to spend it running around the house cloth in hand.

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    31 January 2011

    Energy Leaks and Solutions

    January and February are months of belt tightening for many people and with suggestions that we are about to experience a double dip rescission the last thing people want to see is extortionate heating bills. However, there are measures that can be taken to help reduce home heating bills that the MOT Your Home campaign from Pilkington glass has been championing for some time now. These improvements are simple and include the following improvements: loft insulation, cavity insulation, an energy efficient boiler, and installing energy efficient windows.

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  • Blog Post
    24 January 2011

    Chinese Glass Buildings

    The growth of the Chinese economy in recent years has led many experts to predict that it will surpass the USA and become the world’s number one super power within the next 25 years. This economic prosperity has created a massive urban population that requires modern infrastructure to accommodate busy working lives. Glass has played an important part in this rapid expansion as it’s been called upon to wall and clad hundreds of buildings of all shapes and sizes. Here we are going to take a look at some of the most impressive examples.

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  • Blog Post
    12 January 2011

    Theatre Land

    A new year brings a fresh perspective, and as we look forward to the changing seasons and brighter weather there is still the small matter of January and February to deal with. Many retreat to the comfort of the sofa at this time of year; however, there is still a lot to do in this ‘down’ period, especially in the form of arts and culture, a world that takes centre stage in this week’s post.

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  • Blog Post
    23 December 2010

    Stained Glass

    The commercialisation of Christmas over recent years has seen the more traditional themes associated with this time of year play second fiddle to Santa and his elves. However, those of you who enjoy a good Nativity play or Carol service will be familiar with the classic stained glass windows that hang in almost every Church and Cathedral in the UK.
    It’s difficult to pinpoint where the best stained glass windows in this country are, simply because there are so many, however we have unearthed a few examples for you to enjoy.

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  • Blog Post
    09 December 2010

    The Glass Igloos of Lapland

    The igloo is the traditional home of choice for the Inuit people living in colder climates with little or no access to modern building materials. However, did you know that igloos can be made of glass, rather than snow and ice?

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  • Blog Post
    29 November 2010

    The Glass Houses of Britain

    Britain has a wealth of parks and gardens that feature glass houses of all shapes and sizes containing some of the world’s most treasured plants. We’re going to take a closer look at some of these glass houses that light up our green spaces and are open for everyone to enjoy.

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  • Blog Post
    10 November 2010

    A Vision of the Future – The Shard

    This week’s post focuses on two glass buildings that are set to be completed in 2012 and will be the tallest in London. The Shard standing at an incredible 1017 feet will also be the highest building in the EU when complete; this will be closely followed by The Pinnacle that will stand at 954 feet tall.

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  • Blog Post
    28 October 2010

    The Future of British Architecture

    The future of glass tower construction in the UK has been set back by the ongoing recession; however there are a large number of glass buildings set to be unveiled over the coming years many of our major cities. This new generation of glass sky scrapers are set to serve a variety of uses that include retail, business, leisure and living and their shapes no longer conform with the oblong structures of old.

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  • Blog Post
    11 October 2010

    Alternative Glass Designs

    Journalist Simon Brooke, who has written pieces on architecture for The Times and FT amongst others, joins us this week as our guest blogger. He has written a fantastic article on alternative uses of glass in the home, be sure to check out his for more information about his work here www.simonbrookemedia.com.

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    28 September 2010

    Such Great Heights

    The accelerated urbanisation of western countries in the latter part of the 19th century saw the appearance of the first sky scrapers – a revolution in architecture that brought glass to the forefront of construction.  One of the first buildings in the world to incorporate the core principles of sky scraper design was Oriel Chambers in Liverpool, Merseyside – not too far from the home of Pilkington.

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  • Blog Post
    17 September 2010

    Sky Walking

    It’s hard to see how you could improve on the views over The Grand Canyon. But new innovations in glass technology are making this most dramatic of vistas even more dazzling – and changing the way we look at the world’s most breathtaking sights.

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  • Blog Post
    01 September 2010

    A Vision of the Future

    Following our post on the history of glass buildings, let's now going take a look at the future by profiling two imposing  glass towers that will dominate London’s skyline in the near future.  Both buildings are set to open in 2012 and will be the tallest in the capital. The Shard standing at an incredible 1017 feet will be the highest building in the EU when complete and this will be followed closely by The Pinnacle that will stand at 954 feet tall.

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  • Blog Post
    24 August 2010

    A Brief History of the glass Conservatory

    This week’s Pilkington Activ™ blog is designed to give you a brief insight into the history of glass buildings to reveal how they have become a key part of everyday life in Britain.

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  • Blog Post
    17 August 2010

    Pilkington Activ™ Self Cleaning Glass

    Glass rooms take all shapes and sizes, and we’ve seen some truly inspirational designs in the UK. The Independent very recently reported on the growing use of glass in the home which is an interesting read  - you might be surprised at just how versatile glass is.

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  • Blog Post
    09 August 2010

    Pilkington Glass Undiscovered Views

    Welcome to week two of the Pilkington Activ™ blog – we hope that you enjoyed reading our introductory post. This week we want to let you all know about a fabulous competition we are running. Some of you might have already seen it, it’s called ‘Undiscovered Views’ and it’s a photography competition in conjunction with Ideal Home magazine.

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  • Blog Post
    04 August 2010

    The Pilkington Blog is Live....

    Welcome to the brand new Pilkington Blog – a new online space that will discuss a wide variety of topics relevant to the modern home owner.  Over the coming weeks readers can expect to see posts on everything from the benefits of self-cleaning glass and advice on restoring an unloved conservatory to inspirational glass buildings and latest interior trends. Informative content will sit alongside expert opinion from all corners of the internet to provide visitors with a knowledge that can be applied to everyday life.

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