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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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  • Blog Post
    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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