For many years architects and designers have been looking for new construction materials that would open up the commer-cial and residential buildings to the exterior world. They have been fascinated with the properties of glass which proved to be the perfect construction material for the modern era. It offers quality and beauty, helps save energy, and allows for easy assembly. Among its various qualities, there is one which is especially useful for offices and public facilities, namely solar protection. Solar control glass adds character to a building and reduces undesirable heating of the elevation regarding a type of coating.
Types of glass
Solar control glass can be divided into absorptive and reflective glass, based on their visual characteristics and the ability to reduce solar radiation. PRESS GLASS offers three types of solar control glass:
- THE ABSORPTIVE float glass, flat and transparent, with blue, brown, grey or green tint. It may be used in single glazing or double glazing. This is applied to reduce the transmittance of solar energy.
- THE REFLEXIVE float glass – flat and transparent, neutralor dyed to blue, brown, grey or green in the glass structure, while also coated with metal oxides for proper reflective ef-fect. This is applied to control light, and reduce solar energy transmittance. It may be used in single glazing or double glaz-ing – regarding a type of coating.
- THE SELECTIVE float glass – flat and transparent, neutralor dyed to blue, brown, grey or green in the glass structure, and coated with a metal oxide multilayer, with the aim of achieving the appropriate effect of reflection, control of isolation of rooms, as well as limiting the penetration of solar energy plus a high level of thermal protection. It may be used only in double glazing.