Glaverbels Stopray Safir (neutral with a slight blue tint) was chosen for its superior solar control, insulation and light transmission properties. 12,000 sq.metres were glazed into this distinctive curtain wall.
Stopray Safir is one of the extensive (and growing!) family of Stopray glasses. Stopray is a range of glass with one surface coated with a very thin layer of precious metal resulting in excellent solar and thermal performance. Over 30 years of research and development has given Glaverbel technological leadership in solar control. Stopray Safir, for example, prevents a whopping 68% of solar energy entering the building. This has a direct bearing on comfort-levels inside the building and air-con costs. At the same time, light transmission is an excellent 61%, optimising daylight into the offices and reducing lighting costs. There is yet another advantage. Stopray is a low-emissivity glass i.e. it reflects heat back inside the building giving a thermal insulation coefficient as low as U=1.1W/(m2.K).
Cécile Callaghan, Architectural Sales Manager of Glaverbel UK comments: This scheme is the latest example of specifiers realising they can have aesthetically pleasing buildings with superb solar control and insulation performance. The message is getting across. What is not so widely appreciated is that the Stopray range covers more than 30 different shades and tints some neutral and some more solid in colour.
The Glaverbel Group with its 15 float plants and around 200 production units throughout Europe is the European branch of AGC Flat Glass, covering all the flat glass activities of Asahi Glass, the worlds largest glassmaking group.
The Glaverbel Group (incl. Automotive) employs about 17,000 people and its sales amounted to 1.9 billion EUR in 2002.
Part of the Glaverbel Group, Glaverbel UK is a key supplier to independent glass stockists and processors throughout Britain and Ireland.