Can You Really Afford Not To Have Self-Cleaning Glass?

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Can You Really Afford Not To Have Self-Cleaning Glass?

12 Jul 2018
As business owners, we’re always looking for ways to run our businesses more efficiently and stand out from our competitors.
Choosing self-cleaning glass for commercial buildings is a great way to save a business or commercial property-owner both time and money by drastically reducing the need to clean the windows.

This is a particular benefit for high-rise buildings, where the size of the envelope and the need to deploy specialist rope-access teams means it can be a costly process. There’s also the hassle of selecting and managing suppliers for the work.


At Pilkington, we were the first manufacturer to develop a self-cleaning glass, Pilkington Activ™.

It has a microscopic dual-action coating which, when activated by daylight, breaks down dirt. The dirt is then washed away when rainwater hits the glass. 

Pilkington Activ™ can also help reduce property management costs. Depending on how many storeys a building has and how large its windows are, prices for cleaning can run to tens of thousands of pounds a time.

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As Europe and the UK look to reduce carbon emissions to meet the 30% energy efficiency target set by the European Commission by 2030, high-rise buildings will need to become more sustainable.

Pilkington Activ™ can be combined with  various coatings to deliver enhanced environmental performance, such as solar-control, which reduces the heating effect of direct sunlight, saving on air conditioning.

The versatility of the product makes it a win-win for developers and tenants alike.

The increase in demand for high-rise developments presents plenty of opportunities for the UK’s glass and glazing sector to help deliver modern and sustainable glass towers. We’re proud that products like Pilkington Activ™ are leading the way in making this possible.