Saint-Gobain Glass has announced the launch of its most recent product innovation for the commercial glazing market with a new addition to its popular COOL-LITE solar control range.

COOL-LITE SKN 183 & SKN 183 II, annealed and to-be-tempered respectively, offers the highest light transmission in the COOL-LITE range of 75% in double glazed units, allowing large amounts of sunlight to flood into a building without overheating, while maintaining a neutral appearance.

Lauren Whittaker, Market Manager for the commercial sector at Saint-Gobain Glass said: “COOL-LITE SKN 183 & SKN 183 II is easy to process, handle and assemble into IGUs and is a high-performance addition to the already successful COOL-LITE range of coated solar control glass products, designed to give our customers a competitive advantage.”

This highly selective solar control glass is an ideal product for facades in buildings where a high level of natural light is desired such as schools, hospitals, mixed-use and commercial premises. A high light transmission of 75 per cent provides a comfortable interior environment, while a very low external reflection of 13 per cent and neutral and low internal reflection of 16 per cent (in double glazed units) afford the best possible aesthetics.

Meanwhile, excellent solar control (40 per cent in double glazed units) combined with a Ug value of 1.0 W/m2K for excellent thermal insulation means heating and air conditioning usage can be significantly reduced.

In the UK, building operations accounts for around 30 per cent of CO2 emissions, mainly from heating, cooling and electricity use. In the drive to achieve net-zero carbon buildings, the consistent use of high performance, using high performance coated glass such as COOL-LITE SKN 183 & SKN 183 II as part of a building façade is necessary. Constructing a robust and energy efficient glazed façade creates a healthy environment for building occupants whilst helping to minimise the effects of building operations on climate change.

Lauren added: “This really is the ultimate solar control glass providing the best in daylight, thermal comfort and aesthetics. It allows for high levels of daylight to enter a building but prevents the heat and glare from making the room uncomfortable for occupiers. This ensures the minimum amount of heating, lighting and air-conditioning are required, which reduces a building’s carbon footprint.

“The COOL-LITE range already pushes the limits for the highest light transmission combined with the best solar control – and this latest innovation provides the additional dimension of neutral aesthetics, ensuring the views through the glass are as natural as possible.”