Climate Change And New Building Regulations Drive Specifications For Specialist Glass

by | Oct 7, 2021 | Glass & Glazing

An increase in demand for specialist glazing signals how the building design industry is responding to the climate crisis, according to new research from Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group.

The glass giant’s research of 142 building design professionals found that 61% of specifiers have seen a spike in demand for solar control glass. This comes as the industry awaits new building regulations, which two-thirds (66%) of specifiers attributed the increase in demand to.

Aside from regulations driving demand, 62% stated that they believe climate change is driving the growing need for specialist glazing to keep buildings the correct temperature and reduce their carbon footprint, with three quarters (76%) of specifiers also conscious of the Government’s impending 2050 net zero target.

Solar control products like Pilkington Suncool reflect the sun’s heat in warmer months to help maintain a cooler internal temperature and improve a building’s environmental performance.

Two thirds of specifiers said they were aware of upcoming Part L changes (66%), which will change the way architects must design new dwellings to conserve fuel and power, requiring a higher performance of thermal insulation from glazing. Preparation for the changes was signalled by more than half (51%) of specifiers reporting increased demand for thermal insulation glass.

The research signalled that specifiers are also confident about future business opportunities. The majority of specifiers expect to see revenue growth in the next 12 months either ‘ahead’ (44%) or ‘significantly ahead’ (14%) of last year, while seven in ten say they are feeling positive about the future of their business.

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