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How Glass Can Help In Energy And Cost Savings

Energy efficient windows and glass are critical to a building’s energy efficiency. Choosing the right energy efficient glass lets you control how much heat enters or escapes from a building.

As home owners our responsibility towards the planet is increasing every day. We are aware that we need to reduce waste, recycle more and use less energy. An energy efficient home is not just friendlier to the environment but also saves you a lot of money. There are a number of things that we can do to achieve these goals and glass or energy efficient glazing is one major step.

Energy-efficient glazing describes the double glazing or triple glazing use in modern windows in homes. Energy-efficient glazing incorporates coated (low-emissivity) glass to prevent heat escaping through the windows. These windows thermally insulate your home thus improving their energy efficiency and help save money on your heating bills. Solar Control glass is a type of energy-efficient glass designed to prevent heat escaping through your windows to the cold outdoors. One of the best ways to decrease the size of your carbon footprint is to replace existing windows with low e Solar Control glazing. This type of energy efficient glass is essential for rooms or buildings with a high proportion of windows or glass doors, such as conservatories and sun rooms. During winters, the heat entering these spaces are retained thus these rooms can be used for more months of the year. Solar control glass can be used for south and west facing glazing where overheating can become a problem in the summer whereas low-e glass is also recommended for north or east facing windows, where a larger proportion of heat loss would be expected.

Apart from lowering your bills, energy efficient glass also adds to the property value of your home. Studies show that a home can achieve an increase of 2 to 2.5 stars by simply going from the worst-performing windows to the best-performing windows. Factors such as customised placement of windows around the building and optimal orientation comes into play. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. No single window can claim to ‘make’ a house achieve a 6-star rating. What works well in one home will not necessarily be suited to another in the same location, Two different homes may require different window glass types to achieve the same star rating. And even two identical homes, located in the same climate, may require different windows or glass to achieve a given star rating due to their different orientations.

A common misconception is that high performance windows glass is an expensive way of increasing energy efficiency. Economic findings address the financial implications of high performance windows more fully, however, it is safe to say that while windows – even ordinary ones – are a relatively high-value component of a building, they make all the difference between a nice (high market value) house and an awful (unsellable) one. Innovative, energy efficient windows begin to pay for themselves as soon as they are installed. Energy Efficient products like these save you money, help protect the environment and help architects create amazing livable environments. There are certain challenges which the latest technology in manufacturing and designs in architecture can help overcome.