Solar Control Glass: How to Keep Your Home Bright and Cool

Solar control glass window in living room with cushions in front
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Solar control glass can help provide a solution to overheating and glare. As the current trend for large expanses of glazing in our extension projects and homes sees no sign of abating, finding a way to do this and ensure temperatures remain comfortable has become a mission for many homeowners.

There are lots of different window styles that can be used when building a new home or renovating, but solar control glass addresses a problem that has since caught the attention of many — namely, the fact that more glass in a home equals more heat. 

Tim Pullen

Tim is an expert in sustainable building methods and energy efficiency in residential homes and writes on the subject for magazines and national newspapers. He is the author of The Sustainable Building Bible, Simply Sustainable Homes and Anaerobic Digestion - Making Biogas - Making Energy: The Earthscan Expert Guide.

His interest in renewable energy and sustainability was first inspired by visits to the Royal Festival Hall heat pump and the Edmonton heat-from-waste projects. In 1979

this initial burst of enthusiasm lead to him trying (and failing) to build a biogas digester to convert pig manure into fuel, at a Kent oast-house, his first conversion project.

Moving in 2002 to a small-holding in South Wales, providing as it did access to a wider range of natural resources, fanned his enthusiasm for sustainability. He went on to install renewable technology at the property, including biomass boiler and wind turbine.

He formally ran energy efficiency consultancy WeatherWorks and was a speaker and expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the country.