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16 August 2018

What is Solar Reflective Glazing?

There are many technologies used in sustainable design in the modern construction industry, each offering new and innovative ways of conserving energy and reducing the environmental impact of buildings. At J.V.Tierney & Co, we employ cutting edge methods in our client projects, in our role as electrical and mechanical engineering consultants.

In this article, we look at one such innovation that comes in the form of Solar Reflective Glazing - a cleverly designed concept that helps tackle the problem of unwanted solar gain in office buildings that feature a large amounts of glass in its facade.

The Benefits

When the sun beats down onto the side of a glass building, the resulting warming effects can be mitigated by using high tech solar reflective glass, which allows sunlight through its exterior, whilst at the same time, reflecting a large amount of the sun’s heat away from the building. The result is a comfortable and bright internal working experience and one that is a vast improvement over the one provided by standard glass.

The solar reflective glazing used by m & e engineers helps to reduce the need of using powered air conditioning to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the building. Despite what you might think, solar glass does not have to be mirrored or coloured, although this is an aesthetic option open to use. The integrated layers in solar reflective glazing that reduce solar gain are invisible, which allows them to simultaneously allow more sunlight through.

An example of this technology in action can be found in the details of a project we were involved in at the St Vincent’s University Hospital Elm Park, Dublin http://bit.ly/2tZ5Ual.

In this project, our mechanical and electrical engineering consultants were responsible for all aspects of mechanical, electrical and sustainable design. The €140m project was given the Highly Commended Opus Award for its use cutting edge design technologies that also included:

  • Heat Recovery systems

  • High Efficiency lighting

  • Weather Compensation Controls

  • Variable Speed Control pumps and motors

All of these systems are centrally controlled via a building management system, providing the client with a highly efficient building with a significantly lower carbon footprint.

If you would like to know more about sustainable design technologies like this one and what they could do for your next building project, take a look at our website www.jvtierney.ie where you’ll find everything you need to know and a number of examples of our past work. Alternatively, if you’d like a chat with one our expert team, call us now on 01 421 4900.