Pilkington Spacia™

Pilkington Spacia™

Overview

A unique Insulating Glass Unit which provides similar energy efficiency performance as a standard unit, but in a much thinner profile, so it can be used in slim frames - perfect to maintain an older property's original appearance.

The width of single glazing. The warmth of double glazing.

Our revolutionary Pilkington Spacia™ vacuum glazing technology provides unrivalled thermal performance in an ultra-thin unit that fits seamlessly into traditional and conservation properties. With this innovative unit you can retain the aesthetics by using the original frames. Pilkington Spacia™, provides the most advanced new solution for an age-old problem.

How It Works

Pilkington Spacia™ consists of an outer pane of low-emissivity glass and an inner pane of clear float, with a vacuum rather than air or another gas in between. The result is excellent thermal performance from a unit only fractionally as thick as a standard one.

Conventional double glazing consists of two glass panes placed up to 20 mm apart, with the cavity between the panes filled with either dry air or an inert gas such as argon or krypton. This gas reduces heat transfer through the glass due to its lower thermal conductivity. The wider the gap between the panes, the lower the heat transfer, up to an optimum level above which circulation patterns in the gas reduce the benefit.

This means that the overall thickness of thermally-efficient double glazing is typically 24 mm.

Pilkington Spacia™ is different; the air between the two panes of glass is extracted, creating a vacuum.  It offers the same thermal performance as conventional double glazing in one quarter of the thickness and two thirds of the weight.

A vacuum, even a small one, is much more effective at minimising conduction and convection heat losses, so the gap between the two panes can be reduced to just 0,2 mm, giving an overall thickness of just over 6 mm. Heat flow through radiation is limited through one of the glass panes having a low-emissivity coating, similar to that used in modern conventional double glazing.

Pilkington Spacia™ has low overall thickness (6 mm) and good acoustic performance, making it ideal for use in historic buildings, offering replacement windows more in keeping with the original design. It may even allow the use of the original frames if these are in a reasonable or repairable condition.

Until now, the only choices were to sacrifice thermal performance and comfort, or to compromise the appearance of the building by using bulkier modern frames with double glazing.

Pilkington Spacia™ is also suitable for other applications where the use of thinner, low-weight glazing is desirable, for example in sliding box sashes, secondary glazing, or as one pane of a triple glazed “super-window”.


Benefits

Pilkington Spacia™ offers following benefits:

  • the world’s first commercially available vacuum glazing,
  • this extremely thin glazing can be fitted in old style fine frames, maintaining the original appearance of older traditional buildings whilst providing good thermal insulation,
  • thermal performance equal to or better than that of most low-e double glazing but in the same thickness as single glass,
  • offers the opportunity to improve energy efficiency in historic buildings hence reduce heating bills,
  • four times better thermal insulation than single glazing,
  • suitable as a replacement for single glazing in old frames, retaining the appearance of historic buildings and meeting the requirements for conservation areas,
  • suitable for other applications where use of thinner, low-weight glazing is desirable, such as sliding box sashes, secondary glazing, or as part of a triple glazed ‘super-window’,
  • offers good acoustic performance for lower noise,
  • proven solution; installed successfully in the UK and the Netherlands and used in Japan for over a decade,
  • offers reduced levels of internal condensation compared to single glazing.

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