Introduce more natural light into the core of a building
Roof glazing and glass skylights can safely be used throughout the roof of a building, providing a natural source of daylight that helps reduce the need for artificial lighting, while still addressing solar control and thermal insulation needs. By introducing natural daylight into the core of a building, glass roofs and skylights can help create brighter, and more inviting interiors.
As roof glazing is directly exposed to the sun for a high proportion of the day, careful selection of the glass is crucial, otherwise the benefits of providing more natural daylight into a building can be quickly offset by the excessive heat gain, which would make interior spaces uncomfortable for occupants. In order to select the right glass to help create a comfortable and safe environment, several factors should be considered:
In warm climates where roof glazing and skylights are exposed to the sun the whole year round, Guardian Glass recommends using a high-performance glazing solution with a maximum solar heat gain of 0.25. This will help limit the overheating of interior spaces and can contribute to reducing the need for air conditioning by helping to keep the heat outside and the cool air inside.
For the visual comfort of building occupants and reduced glare, Guardian Glass recommends using a high-performance glass with a Visual Light Transmission (VLT) ranging from 24 to 30%.
SunGuard® Double Silver coated solar control glass offers a winning balance of natural light transmission, solar protection, and thermal insulation. Combined with its striking visual aesthetic, the glass helps to make inside spaces more comfortable and inspiring.
SunGuard® SN T30 multi-functional coating offers high selectivity solar protection on a neutral-looking glass for a wide range of applications such as fully glazed facades, roof glazing and large framed windows.
Architects and designers need to consider the relevant international and/or local glazing standards relating to overhead glazing. These typically address the various building types, classifying these into different load levels, providing guidance on maximum allowable deflections and stresses for overhead glazing. Therefore, the thickness of the glass and the integrity of the insulating glass unit must be considered. For safety reasons, laminated glass (preferably heat strengthened) must be used for the internal pane of the insulating glass unit (IGU) and the outer pane of the IGU must be fully laminated and tempered.
The support system for the glass needs to be sufficient in order to prevent distortion under load. Unlike vertical glazing, loads caused by maintenance, water and the ‘dead’ load (the self-weight of the glass as a permanent load) need to be considered. If the glass roof forms part of an accessible area, it must be treated as a glass floor.
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