Pilkington Suncool provides low emissivity for high thermal insulation as well as reducing solar heat gain. The mixed use development in which it is featured houses 70 high specification luxury apartments and 51,000m2 of office space.
Dan Barnes, Regional Director at Aedas Architects, who designed the building, explains why they specified Pilkington Suncool: “The building features a large amount of glass for a number of reasons; to allow natural light in, which creates a welcoming, bright and pleasant atmosphere. We wanted to emphasise the feeling of space and maintain a connection with the exterior. Critically we wanted to maximise the energy efficiency of the building, using Pilkington Suncool allows us to do that without having to compromise on the type of building material and aesthetic quality.”
Pilkington glazing has been used in both phases of the popular Bauhaus development, where many apartments have been bought off plan. The floor to ceiling glazing is an integral feature of the building and the open plan accommodation within.
Michael Metcalfe, Commercial IGU Sales Manager, Pilkington Building Products UK said: “Glass is becoming a bigger feature of modern building projects and renovations so it is important that we offer architects the broadest possible range to work with. Pilkington Suncool is an excellent example of this, it comes in a range of different shades from clear to grey, giving a full scale of light filtration options. In addition, it helps to reduce a building’s thermal emissions and can help to reduce heating costs so there are obvious savings to be made for the end user.”
Pilkington Suncool combines high light transmission with high solar control performance and is available in either toughened or laminated form. It can be used as part of a Pilkington Planar system, which allows architects to form a glass envelope for a building or structure, with facades on any plane. It is also available in combination with Pilkington Activ, the world’s first dual-action self-cleaning glass.