Clearview National July 2018 - Issue 200 - Page 53

GLASS&SEALEDUNITS ADVANCED GLASS COATING FOR ALL- GLAZED GLASGOW HQ BUILDING » » THE 122 WATERLOO Street development in the centre of Glasgow offers its occupants floor-to-ceiling glazing throughout, with almost uninterrupted views thanks to the latest Schüco curtain-walling system designed, manufactured and installed by Edinburgh-based façade specialist Charles Henshaw & Sons Ltd. But, impressively, the landmark building – which will be the Glasgow headquarters of global financial services firm Morgan Stanley – will also be one of the most energy efficient buildings in Scotland, thanks in part to high-performance glass coatings from Pilkington United Kingdom Limited. The scheme has been certified BREEAM Excellent, and achieved an ‘A’ rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), the latter based on a detailed assessment of the building’s energy performance. The glazing helps to minimise this by reducing energy emitted from the building, as well as the heating effect of the sun, both of which can make maintaining a comfortable interior climate more energy-intensive. A GLASS FOR ALL SEASONS The scale of the building means that excessive radiation of heat could lead to rapid heat loss during colder conditions. To mitigate this effect, the glazing features a Pilkington Optitherm™ S1 Plus low-emissivity coating which reflects radiated heat back into the building. The second issue that can affect buildings where most of the envelope is glazed is excessive heat build-up when the sun is shining directly into the interior often requiring high levels of energy-intensive air conditioning. To combat this, a solar-control coating has been used, reducing the amount of heat energy that is able to enter the building while maintaining high levels of transparency. CLEAR VIEWS The coatings are not the only innovative part of the glazing used in the project, as the glass is held in place by the latest structurally bonded curtain wall system from manufacturer Schüco. Each unit contains a large pane of clear glass and a smaller pane of opaque, coloured spandrel glass, creating horizontal lines across the façade between each floor of the building. The clarity of the glazing was further improved by the use of Pilkington Optiwhite™ true low-iron glazing throughout, which significantly reduces the slight green tint that is inherent in standard float glass, while Optilam™ laminated glazing was used to provide protection against manual attack and increase the security of the building. SUPERB QUALITY PRODUCTS EFFICIENTLY AND ON TIME » » EPWIN GLASS’ experienced team are on hand to help fabricators and installers with all their glass requirements and pride themselves on their expertise and knowledge of the glazing solutions market. Katrina Earl, National Sales Manager at Epwin Glass explains: “The Epwin Glass team has over 50 years’ experience in glass manufacture and supply. Delivering superb quality products efficiently and on time is at the heart of our customer offering. By working with Epwin Glass you have the added reassurance that you’re choosing a company that is one of the leading manufacturers of insulated and energy-rated glass units for the window industry and offers over 30 years of experience in supporting the largest and most respected domestic and commercial window fabricators and installers in the UK.” Epwin Glass offers an impressive range of over 140 product types for the trade, light commercial, new build and social housing sectors need. It includes noise insulation, safety and security, self-cleaning, solar control and thermal insulation glass. The company also offers a large range of decorative glass, giving customers the option of adding value to their projects including a bespoke design service. The range features coloured, textured, leaded, stained, bevelled and Georgian style options such as gothic arches, sun bursts and cottage style designs. Their coloured, stained glass and Georgian style units benefit from the expertise of their inhouse skilled craftspeople to ensure the highest quality result. Katrina concludes: “We have an experienced workforce and everyone understands that every customer is unique. It means we can meet the individual needs of our growing customer base. The result is that we’re able to build long term relationships that are built on reliability and trust” www.epwin-glass.co.uk C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » J U L 2018 » 53