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Glazing Benefits to Sustainable Buildings

23 Jan 2013

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.

Glass can be considered a unique building material because of its adaptability and strength. Its ability to transmit daylight as well as open up originally closed off structures, helps provide architects and specifiers with resource that can heavily influence, not only the exterior, but also the interior qualities of a building.

After having analysed the positive impact of daylight in healthcare, and educational buildings, workplaces, retail buildings and living places, David Strong explained: “Getting daylight into buildings is a key element of sustainable building design. It not only saves energy but it greatly enhances the health, happiness and well-being of occupants.”

Noticing the growth and increased demand for sustainable building construction – Glass for Europe firmly believes that policy-makers and architects need to place great importance on the socio-economic aspects of sustainability linked to the provision and inclusion of daylight into building plans.

Rick Wilberforce, Chairman of the External Relations Committee for Glass for Europe adds, “The incredible advances in glass making technologies in the last quarter of a century have given architects a whole pallet of products, which can be net contributors of energy to buildings. It means architects now have freedom of design in the amount of glazing in the facades that was never previously possible.”

Pilkington – Thermal Solutions

Recognising this fact, Pilkington UK Ltd has been at the forefront of glass manufacture, providing an intelligent range of glazing solutions that look to improve and increase the energy-efficiency of homes, no matter the age of the property.

With increasing environmental awareness as well as the rising costs of energy, more emphasis is now being placed on ways to save energy in all types of domestic, commercial and public buildings.

We offer a range of solutions suitable for both commercial and domestic applications that have been developed to meet the growing demands for increased energy-efficiency in both new and old buildings.

Products in the range include; Pilkington energiKare™, Pilkington K Glass™ and Pilkington Spacia™, all of which are ideal for domestic applications. For residential applications that require a higher performance specification and commercial applications, Pilkington Optitherm™ provides a higher level of energy-efficiency. Alternatively if both solar control and energy-efficiency are required, Pilkington Suncool™ or Pilkington Eclipse Advantage™ will provide the perfect solution.

To learn more and see how you could potentially benefit from this innovative set of glass products, please visit our product pages.