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Glass in modern, energy-efficient construction

01 of July '20

ECLAZ® and COOL-LITE® - low-emission, highly selective glass for energy-efficient construction
From the series "Modern facade and wall materials - 2020 trends"

Architects interested in bold solutions as far as form is concerned, are looking for solutions that guarantee aesthetics, timelessness, and are in line with the widely understood sustainable construction. Investors expect not only a modern design, uncompromising requirements for guaranteeing the right climate inside the building, which will guarantee well-being, efficiency and health, have become important.

Glass fits perfectly into this trend. It is a material that can not only be tempered, but also bent, enameled, screen-printed, which gives architects almost unlimited possibilities for its application. Modern glass architecture is the use of interesting and practical solutions, which are in line with modern trends for high light transmission rate, high reflectivity or with the least possible reflection, neutral in perception. Glass eliminates the boundaries between the outside and inside worlds.

The role of glass in energy-efficient construction

The latest report published by Glass For Europe, "The Potential Impact of Glass on Energy Savings and CO₂ Reduction," leaves no doubt about the role of glass in modern, energy-efficient construction. The report shows what savings in terms of reduced energy consumption and reduced CO₂ emissions will be achieved by buildings in Europe if glazing with excellent thermal insulation, sun protection performance is installed in all of them.

These solutions are already available today from Saint-Gobain Building Glass Poland. These include ECLAZ® and COOL-LITE®, among others.


ECLAZ glazing

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ECLAZ® glass

ECLAZ® is a product without compromise. ECLAZ® glazing guarantees a combination of the best energy efficiency and unparalleled access to natural daylight. Benefit from the thermal insulation benefits of double-chambered units (excellent thermal insulation, high energy yields) while providing the same amount of natural light as single-chambered units.

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COOL-LITE® SKN 183 II glazing

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Another example is a new addition to the Saint-Gobain Building Glass Polska family of solar control glasses - COOL-LITE® SKN 183 & 183 II. This highly selective glass provides the best access to daylight thanks to its light transmission (LT=75%) combined with a low solar energy transmittance g (0.40) and high selectivity (s=1.88). COOL-LITE® SKN 183 & 183 II maintains a neutral appearance while providing effective solar protection and excellent thermal insulation.

These are just two examples from Saint-Gobain's extensive product portfolio that already meet the recommendations of the published report today.

Two scenarios of the Glass For Europe report

The aforementioned report titled. "The Potential Impact of Glass on Energy Savings and CO₂ Emissions Reduction," published by Glass for Europe, presents an analysis of two scenarios for 2030 or 2050. In the first scenario, buildings would use nearly 30% less energy annually, which would also involve a 28% reduction in carbon emissions. In the 2050 scenario, the energy savings and decrease in CO₂ produced would be 37%. Poland has even more to gain in this regard.

Installing glazing with excellent thermal insulation and solar protection can reduce energy consumption by 34 percent in 2030 and reduce CO₂ emissions by 30 percent. For 2050, the result is up to 40 percent.

It is worth noting that almost half of the potential savings projected for 2030 could be achieved in the next 10 years, if only we used the right glass on new buildings and doubled (from 2 percent to 4 percent per year) the rate of replacing old glazing with better-performing glass.

A reliable solution all year round

Location, the purpose of the building, the amount of glazing, and size are very important elements that should be taken into account when selecting the right type of glass. Close cooperation with the glass manufacturer will make it possible to develop an optimal solution, which will not only have high aesthetic qualities, but above all will allow the realization of the designer's vision with concern for the comfort of future users and taking into account the operating costs of the object.

For more information, visit the company's Saint-Gobain Glass page on the A&B portal.

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