Pilkington Spacia™ vacuum glazing Advanced Pilkington Spacia™ technology is the World’s first commercially available‘Vacuum Glazing’. It provides a similar level of energy efficiency as modern double glazing, but in a unit that is typically only a quarter of the thickness. This brings a new degree of thermal performance to older buildings and opportunities for thin glazing in new buildings. Pilkington Spacia™ offers a real solution to the problem of balancing historical preservation with modern comfort and environmental requirements. It may even allow the use of the original frames as well as authentic copies and in most cases, can be used in secondary glazing applications.
Advances in technology have made windows a significant contributor to the energy efficiency of new homes. Current restrictions, which were put in place to preserve the character of the nation’s buildings, in some circumstances prevent the improvement of thermal efficiency by not permitting upgrading from single glazing. So, whilst these properties look appealing, they carry a heavy price in terms of reduced internal comfort levels, high heating costs and carbon footprint. Pilkington Spacia™ vacuum glazing can provide a huge step change.
The vacuum creation process in Pilkington Spacia™ results in an extraction point located 50 mm from the glass edge. This point is covered by a small permanent cap (typically12 mm diameter), which must remain on the glass surface and should be glazed towards the inside of the building. You can choose to have the cap positioned in any corner of the pane providing it is not a shaped unit.
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