Modern glazing solutions available on the market help to significantly increase the energy performance of buildings by reducing heating, cooling and artificial lighting needs in buildings. This is one of the key messages from the Build Up community on glass and glazing solutions.
Established by the European Commission in 2009, the Build Up initiative was originally set up to support EU Member States in implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. Its web portal is intended to reap the benefits of Europe's collective intelligence on energy reduction in buildings for all relevant stakeholders, including homeowners and tenants, building professionals and public authorities.
The glass and glazing solutions community is dedicated to energy saving glazing products used in buildings such as windows, roof-windows, facades, doors and solar panels. It emphasises that glass generates minimal environmental impact, which makes it a product of choice for sustainable buildings. Unlike other construction materials, glass helps lower artificial lighting needs, consequently reducing lighting energy consumption.
The community also recognises that technological advances in glass products and the increased focus on intelligent building design mean that integrating large glazed surfaces into low energy buildings has now become even more achievable. It highlights that over 85% of glazed areas in Europe are equipped with inefficient glazing, yet more than 100 million tonnes of CO2 could be saved annually if Europe’s building were equipped with energy-efficient glazing.
To engage with the Build Up community on glass and glazing solutions, click here.