Brendon Moss, a design and construction associate at Tishman Speyer, who is on the WAN judging panel, considers Spacia™ to be ‘’space – aged technology’’ and that the vacuum glass system it features can be referred to as the ‘holy grail’ of intelligent glazing.
Further praise was heaped on the product by Damian Rogan, Associate at Buro Happold who commented, “It is a great product! It is the big leap forward that we have been waiting some time for in improving thermal forms of windows and in minimum depth. The potential to replace existing sash windows in single glazing with double glazing vacuum glazing with the same thickness is a bonus and will lead to improving performance in existing buildings.”
Pilkington Spacia™ provides a number of advantages for architects and home owners with the most notable being its ability to improve the energy efficiency of older, traditional buildings, where original frames have to be retained. The low weight of Pilkington Spacia™ allows for the upgrading of box sash windows, with very little adjustments to the operating mechanism. Where new windows have to be fitted in older traditional buildings or in new build, Pilkington SpaciaTMcan be installed to give the appearance of single glazing, with the performance of double.
Specified by United House for a social housing project in the London Borough of Camden, Pilkington SpaciaTMhas already demonstrated savings of up to £300 a year on residents heating bills. In addition, the old Milton Keynes Central Bus Station has also benefited from a Pilkington SpaciaTM make-over without having its modernist appearance altered.