With continued pressure to innovate our way to more energy efficient, sustainable homes, TuffX has risen to the challenge with the official launch of its long-awaited electrically heated glass product, Glow. For bi-fold doors in the first instance the glass offers homeowners a revolutionary new way to heat their homes.
“With traditional heaters and gas boilers being recognised as inefficient, there is an urgent need for effective and affordable alternatives,” explains Paul Higgins, commercial director of TuffX. “Glow offers a solution that is like underfloor heating in that it doesn’t require wall space but is also not prohibitively expensive. Utilising infrared technology, it is thermostat controlled like existing familiar heating systems. The product offers fabricators a completely unique solution to a growing problem.
“We understand that with such revolutionary ideas, our fabricators and their installer customers need additional support. TuffX is offering full training on Glow’s features and benefits, and correct installation methods to our approved trade partner fabricator customer base, which they can then disseminate to their installers.
“The system comprises of a sealed unit that is layered with intelligent conductive coatings to emit radiant heat into the home,” continues Paul. “With this advanced technology it can be utilised as a primary heating source with temperatures reaching 35-40°C and has the added benefit of eliminating unsightly condensation. And speaking of aesthetics, we are pleased to bring this product to market with no visible trace of a heating system inside. The coatings we have used are completely undetectable. From a homeowner’s perspective the glass will look the same as that found in any other bi-fold door.
“The Glow heated glass system is fully compliant too, conforming to EN12150 and EN1279 Parts 1-4 and is a fantastic solution for the upcoming Future Homes Standard as it’s a direct replacement for the soon to be obsolete gas heating systems. It also boasts a 1.2W/m2K U-Value for optimum energy efficiency all year round. Glow heated glass for bi-fold doors will be open to applications for approved trade partners from December, allowing fabricators and installers to benefit from this unique innovative product in their portfolio.
Paul concludes: “Consumers need alternative sustainable heating methods that are realistic and don’t cost the earth. We are proud that the TuffX development team have cultivated such a fantastic solution for the end user, but that is also easy for fabricators and installers to add to their offering. The product with its radiant technology really is a game changer and we’re excited to see its impact in the market.”