Pilkington’s low carbon glazing has been used inside the Glass Futures research building in the UK.

A total of 71 m2 of low carbon glass manufactured by Pilkington UK has been used to fit-out the building’s offices in St Helens, UK, ensuring the workspace represents the future it is striving to create.

Pilkington Optiphon acoustic glass will provide noise reduction between the offices, allowing light into the workspace while creating peaceful zones and an environment conducive to concentration.

The glass used was produced during Pilkington UK’s world-first biofuel trial last year, in which it became the world’s first flat glass manufacturer to fire its furnace on 100% biofuel, resulting in the creation of 165,000 m2 of low-carbon glass.

This means the building has a lower embodied carbon – the CO2 emitted through its construction, including in the production of the building materials.

The glass produced in the trial and used in the centre formed a key part of the development process for Pilkington Mirai.

The recently launched product has 52% less embodied carbon than standard float glass, making it the lowest carbon product of its kind currently available.

It will enable low carbon glass to be specified more widely beyond its initial trial in the Glass Futures building.

The Centre’s exterior will also utilise Pilkington UK’s glazing solutions.

The 465m2 Glass Futures building has been covered in Double Glazed Units with an outer pane of 8.8 mm Pilkington Suncool Optilam 60/31.

The solar control glazing will help prevent overheating in the summer by reflecting the sun’s heat, while its thermal insulation properties will help keep the warmth in during the winter.

The specialist glazing, supplied by Yorkshire-based processor Dualseal, creates a comfortable environment year-round, reducing the need for carbon intensive heating and cooling systems to help improve the building’s environmental performance.

Richard Katz, Chief Executive and Founding Director of Glass Futures, said the building champions the sustainable future the organisation aims to deliver.

“The low carbon glass from Pilkington UK that divides the workspaces in our building is an invisible billboard to the industrial excellence and innovation we hope to inspire within our walls in coming years.

“I hope the building will act as inspiration for what can be achieved when the industry works together to build a better future.”

Jason Eggerton, National Business Development Manager at Pilkington UK said: “Glass Futures’ Centre of Excellence has taken a holistic approach to sustainability, considering both its operational and embodied carbon when selecting its building materials.

“As an organisation that will be integral to realising more sustainable ways of manufacturing glass, it’s fitting that Glass Futures’ will be an early adopter of low carbon glass produced with alternative fuels to natural gas.

“Glass Futures will provide a testbed for us to advance the work we’re already doing in decarbonising our operations and we are excited to work with them on the journey to net zero.”