Glass facades have exponentially increased in popularity over the last 30 years due to the unique benefits of glass. However management of heat gain or loss through glass facades has been a major evolution for the glass industry technologists. Performance enhancing coatings on glass have been continuously developed over recent decades and it is now possible to minimize energy transfer through the medium while optimizing visible light penetration into buildings. This has resulted in substantial reductions in cooling and heating requirements, which directly translates into major reductions in capital investments and costs incurred to operate building climate control systems.
Peak and continuous cooling and heating loads can be dramatically reduced with the correct selection of glass and coating.
The most harmful energy to materials in sunlight is ultraviolet (UV) energy as it is the most energetic and hence most likely to break organic chemical bonds. This leads to fading and degradation of many expensive organic materials, such as carpet, fabrics, paper, artwork, paints, and furniture. Coated glass selection can influence the type and intensity of transmitted radiation to alleviate some of these problems and the correct glass coating selection can virtually eliminate UV rays from entering a building.
The thermal energy insulation improvements made by glass coating technology, significantly reduces condensation formation on both the interior and exterior surfaces of the glass.
Our process of “Sputter” coated glass employs Nano-technology to deposit microscopically thin layers of metal and dielectric material films, using carefully prepared formulae. These materials enhance the energy performance properties of glazed facades by manipulating the behavior of energy passing through the glass. As a result, considerable reductions in climate control operating costs can be achieved while offering a wide selection of aesthetic enhancements for building owners and architects to consider.
Solarstop coatings can be applied to a wide range of clear and tinted float glass which facilitate considerable flexibility in the facade design concept, and offer an extensive pallet for architectural ingenuity.
Natural lighting and unobstructed viewing are two of the fundamental requirements of glass facades. Approximately 50% of Solar Heat energy arrives at the earth’s surface as visible light, so careful consideration of this property is required to optimize building design to minimize energy consumption while adhering to the
fundamental requirements. It is of particular importance to consider minimizing indoor visible light reflectance for night time occupation, as illuminated building interiors often produce undesirable mirror effects on window glass and can ruin spectacular external night views. The correct glass and coating combination selection can
minimize this issue and also deal with the unwanted solar energy during daylight hours.