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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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  • Blog Post
    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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    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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