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Glass & Glazing

Intelligent glass systems bring intrigue to Grand Designs Live


Essex Safety Glass (ESG Ltd) certainly injected intrigue at this year’s Grand Designs Live as visitors watched in amazement as the technical glass manufacturer unveiled its full range of Controllable Intelligent Glass Systems.  Aptly referred to as the next generation of ‘intelligent glass products’, the Controllable range particularly appealed to visitors researching ways to use glass as a truly ‘responsive building material’.

ESG Switchable™ LCD Privacy Glass was incredibly popular with those considering privacy glass as a practical and elegant design feature. Visitors witnessed the unrivalled quality of ESG Switchable™ first-hand, which is available in sizing up to 1,800mm x 3,500mm; making it the largest sized privacy glass on the market.

Similarly, ESG Solarchromic™ Climate Control Glass also appealed to those seeking the best way to minimise solar heat gain during the summer months yet maximise it during the winter. With its electronically controllable tint, visitors learnt how the glass not only acts as an attractive design feature but can play a pivotal role in significantly reducing a building’s energy consumption. Available in manual or automatic control, the panels can be controlled individually or as a multiple panel system.

In addition, ESG Thermic™ Heatable Glass proved popular. Capable of bringing effective and controlled room temperatures up to 40°C, the ‘heatable’ glass affords direct control over room temperatures without the compromise on space.

Commenting on ESG’s debut at the show, Managing Director of ESG, Scott Sinden, said:

“Not only is there a requirement for all new homes to be zero carbon from 2016, the need for ‘responsive architecture’ is also driven by a genuine desire from those project managing their build to create inspiring and intelligent places to live.

“Here at ESG, we are in somewhat of a unique position in that we not only manufacture all our Controllable Intelligent Glass Systems here in the UK to a very high standard, we are able to do so at a competitive rate with fast turnaround times complete with our own quality assured supply and fit service. This in itself is hugely reassuring to those project managing residential builds.”