residential development guide for home extensions and new dwellings 



PILKINGTON BUILDING PRODUCTS UK - Building Materials and Architectural Building Products

The United Kingdom is one of the NSG Group's major manufacturing centres. Pilkington Group Limited is based in St Helens and has offices at the NSG Group's European Technical Centre situated at nearby Lathom, Lancashire.

Pilkington employs around 3,000 people across the UK, in activities ranging from the manufacture of float, rolled and wired glass to glass processing and merchanting, automotive original equipment (OE) and automotive glass replacement (AGR) manufacture.

Pilkington K Glass™ has long been the leading choice in low-emissivity glazing, ensuring consumers save energy and money off their fuel bills. With today’s launch of Pilkington K Glass™ S, customers can benefit from an extended range of energy-efficient glass solutions and offer a soft coated product to householders from Pilkington, the brand they know and trust.

Most home extensions requiring planning permission will probably benefit from using their products during the build.  Many Architects or House Extension Designers can incorporate their products within the scheme design drawings and specifications.

The following article may be of interest for homeowners researching this type of building product for inclusion within their own house extension scheme.

Pilkington K Glass

Glass is comprises of mainly silica that is found from sand. Glass is used in various applications as doors, windows, conservatories, bottle, and vision glass.

These glasses when used in windows (double glazing window) can act as energy exchanger and can reduce the efficiency. To increase the efficiency of the room, the energy exchange should be measured either from window frames or glass.

Pilkington K glass has a special coating on the inner glass surfaces facing the air gap which reduce the energy emission to the outer glass.

A thin coating helps to reflect back the energy and maintains the internal temperature towards the colder outer atmosphere. This coating helps to reflect back the energy and also allows heat from sunlight to enter the house so keeping the residence warm. Thin coating on the inner glass sheet makes it at room temperature and provides larger usable space.

They helps to maintain the internal room temperature with or without heating making it greener by energy saving to home so with them you can achieve higher efficiency.

In colder atmosphere the window region is the coldest part of the house but with Pilkington K glass it is not the case. It can also be used in conservatories as it maintains the heat from sunlight and make the inner atmosphere pleasant.

Pilkington K glass can also be laminated or toughened to increase its strength and durability. Due to its energy efficiency it becomes the first choice for architects and also raises the energy ratings and saves on energy bills.