Company spokesman Brett Woods said: "We have spent many years studying the effects of increased daylight on people's working and efficiency. Our research indicates that increased daylight results in increased productivity of between 6-16 percent. Considering that people represent 80-90 percent of the cost of a business (while energy costs, for example, represent just 3-4 percent and rental typically about 5 percent) we can see the vital impact of increased daylight on a company's productivity and profitability."
Increased daylight can help all types of people, from office workers to university students. Architects Woods Bagot of Sydney worked with Pilkington on a new laminated glass façade for The Australian Catholic University's new headquarters in Melbourne, connecting architecture and technology to give the University a new façade that has prominence and presence. Formerly enclosed and introspective, Woods Bagot transformed the building to be refined and light-filled. Pilkington's Solar E™ grey laminated glass provides comfort and sharp legibility for people inside and outside the building.
Woods said: "We developed Solar E™ laminated glass especially for this project. The product's characteristics of good light transmission, low reflectivity and good solar control make it a highly appropriate choice given the role of the glass to effectively mediate sunlight and provide thermal performance. "A central glazed atrium also uses Solar E™ to provide "a heavenly wash of daylight without incurring solar loading penalties," according to Woods.
Laminated glass offers the potential for a vast range of options in regard to the solar performance of architectural glazing. The material also provides safety, enhanced security, noise reduction and the screening of UV rays.