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This bulletin discusses the issues involved in selecting and installing solar-control glazing to control light, glare and heat gain through windows. The amount of solar energy (heat, visible and UV light) that passes through windows impacts on the performance of buildings. 

New glazing typically includes two panes of glass, which provides options for managing solar energy entering a building. 

This bulletin covers:  

  • how solar-control glazing works
  • glasses used in solar control glazing
  • design considerations
  • causes of failure
  • quality of solar control glass
  • skylights
  • cleaning and maintenance.

Publication date: June 2016 Keywords: glazing, sun, solar, UV, windows