Low E (Energy Efficient) Glass

Sunergy glass complements our range of Windows and Doors and helps to keep your home cooler in summer, and shades the inside of your home. Used extensively in commercial buildings it improves your privacy and enhances the value of your home.

Introduction

Low-e glass stands for low emissivity glass. This glass varies from normal clear glass in that one side of the glass has a special metal coating, technically known as a low emissitivity, or Low E. coating.

Low-E glass is a type of insulating glass, which increases the energy efficiency of windows by reducing the transfer of heat or cold through glass. That means in the winter your house stays warmer, and in the summer it stays cooler.

There are two types of Low-E (low emissivity) glass available - Pyrolytic (hard coat) is our Sunergy product and is considered to be a medium performer, and sputtered (vacuum deposition or soft coat) is considered to be the highest performer.

As energy saving will become more and more important in our daily lives, implementing low-e glass in our houses will soon be a standard we all have to comply to.

Low-e glass, how does it work?

The radiation coming from your heating system and your furniture and furnishings is long wave radiation. This type of radiation should be contained in your room as best as possible, while the radiation from the sun should be shielded and reflected back outside.

Winter Time (Cold Weather)

The sun's energy is "SHORT WAVE RADIATION" which passes through the window and is absorbed by carpet, furniture, etc. The energy is then transformed into long wave radiation. The long wave radiation wants to flow from warm to cool. Naturally, it will try to escape from the glass. At night the heat produced from radiators, wood stoves, etc., will also want to escape out through the glazing. The Low-E coating prevents this when the radiant room-side heat is reflected back into the building. This results in a lower winter U-value. For winter comfort, the higher the indoor glass temperature, the better the product is for comfort.

Summer Time (Warm weather)

The Low-E coating manages the sun's heat in the summer by reducing the amount of heat transferred through the window in the summer. The Low-E coating filters the sun's short-wave radiation, which cuts down on the amount of solar heat gain into your building. For summer comfort, the lower the indoor glass temperature, the better the product is for comfort.