Solar Control Glass
Coated solar protection glass controls the amount of solar energy penetrating into the building, letting in light while reflecting part of the sun's heat (mainly in the form of invisible infrared radiation). As a result, the inside of the building remains not only bright, but also cooler than with normal glass. Solar control glass is not necessarily colored or mirrored glass, although such finishes can be applied for aesthetic purposes, if desired. The potential lies in the coating technology: in a complex process, multi-layer coatings are applied to the surface of float glass, which will have the dual effect of allowing sunlight in, while repelling solar heat. Solar control glass units are typically double-glazed. By reducing the need for air conditioning, such types of glass contribute directly to energy savings. They are available in single, double or triple glazing in a wide range of colors.