For many years, architects and designers have sought to utilize glass as an attractive yet functional element of commercial building design. The ideal glass would be neutral in appearance and fill interior spaces with natural light, while reducing solar heat gain in warm weather and preventing heat loss in cold weather.
To meet this need, glass industry innovators brought low-E (for “low emissivity”) product options to the marketplace. Emissivity is the measure of the glass’ ability to radiate energy. The lower the emissivity, the less heat is transferred in or out. Low-E glass utilizes a super thin metallic coating to significantly reduce heat transfer as compared to uncoated glass.
Creating a high-performance building envelope can be a challenge, finding the balance between capturing and reflecting solar heat, while creating a light work environment, and balancing the running costs of HVAC systems.
Low E double glazing can significantly improve the working environment, while:
- Reducing demand for cooling and heating
- Reducing size and cost of HVAC plant
- Reducing artificial lighting requirements
- Acoustic insulation options can also be added
Metro brings it’s global sourcing expertise to bear with the latest technologies being added to the Low E commercial range construct on a regular basis.
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