It’s been a year of record-breaking temperatures and experts are warning that heatwaves, cold snaps and severe storms are all here to stay.
According to MET office researchers, extreme temperature events in the UK and Europe are now ten times more likely than they were in early 2000’s. And as the decades march on and climate change worsens, this figure is set to rise – with experts warning that by 2100, up to 74% of the world’s population is projected to receive more than 20 days of lethal heat every year*.
So what does that mean for UK householders? When it comes to future-proofing your home, making small, simple steps can be easier than you think. As one of the world’s leading glazing providers, Pilkington United Kingdom Limited has a range of products to help protect properties from the elements.
Whether it’s regulating indoor temperatures, insulating buildings or providing robust weather-proof glass surfaces, there is something to suit every need.
Pilkington Suncool™ One is the ideal solution to achieve all-year round comfort; combining the benefits of both solar-control and low-emissivity glass. It is especially popular in modern buildings with large areas of glazing or for bi-fold doors.
For tricky to reach or larger areas of glazing, the Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass range, offers products that benefit from both self-cleaning & solar-control, the coating uses natural sunlight to accelerate break down of organic dirt and helps clear the dirt away by encouraging rain to sheet down the glass due its special hydrophilic coating.
For lower temperatures and wintry conditions, choosing the right kind of insulation is also essential. Installing Pilkington Optitherm™ S1 Plus will stop excessive heat loss and help to reduce energy bills. It can be toughened or laminated to create bespoke glazing for a wide range of applications.
Speaking about the need to plan ahead for this kind of extreme weather, Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, Head of Innovations, Kevin Sanderson said: “We know that climate change is creating new weather patterns for all of us; here in the UK and beyond. As glazing pioneers, our research and development teams are constantly looking for new ways to respond to these challenges; creating products that will help maintain and weather-proof buildings for the future.”