Glass coating or film for infrared control: a practical guide to our shielding systems

25/05/2022

For a long time, glass is no longer considered just a surface for ships, cars and buildings. Indeed, it has become part of the aesthetic essence of the object itself.

It is an accessory that has a very specific task, namely to improve aesthetics and visibility. The market immediately recognised this need, and increasingly demanded surfaces that, however, had some problems to be taken into account to obtain the maximum result in terms of both comfort and energy savings.

We worked on our shielding systems to understand how to turn the sun into an element to be enjoyed from sunrise to sunset, rather than a problem. We have found not only one, but two solutions.

 

The filter that protects from the sun without darkening environments

Our shielding systems aim to protect from sunlight without darkening the environments in which they are placed.

For example, when a glass surface on board a boat is increased, the amount of solar energy entering the environment also increases.

The larger the glass, the greater the light (therefore heat) that will enter the interior.

This will create a warm environment that must necessarily be cooled with air conditioning systems and consequent energy consumption.

The first solution that we have created to address this problem involves the application of an IR blocking treatment to shield environments from excessive heat. Based on automotive projects, we applied a selective filter that protects from the sun while maintaining high levels of transparency. This filter works by reflecting the number of infrared waves of incident solar radiation without spoiling your outside view.

 

Coating as a shielding system

The second solution identified for our shielding systems involves the use of coating on glass. The coating we use has characteristics that make it perfect for sunlight protection when applied to a glass plate:

-         Latest generation coating, developed according to strict research and development parameters

-         Selective solar control system

-         Operates by reflection principle

-         28% Integrated Solar Transmittance

-         If we assume a solar load of 1000 W/m2 the direct fraction transmitted is 280 W/m2 against 800 W/m2 transmitted by a corresponding laminated glass without selective coating.

-         Consequently, the perceived thermal load is reduced.

The advantages of glass coating are the same as those for solar-control film: energy savings in air conditioning, a more comfortable environment, and reduced heating of interior furnishings.

We believe in only the best for our planet.