A window is a quadrangular opening in a wall that allows light, air and sound to pass through, provided the window is not closed or sealed. Windows are usually glazed (made of glass) or constructed using an appropriate transparent or translucent material.
Low-E Coated Glass in Window Technology
Low-E coating stands for Low-emittance coating on a solid surface. It is an extremely thin, nearly invisible film of metal or metal oxide layers deposited on a window or skylight. Its primary function is to reduce U-factor by restricting radiative heat flow. The key methodology by which heat is transferred in multilayer glazing is thermal radiation from a warm sheet of glass to a cooler sheet. Covering a glass surface with a low-emittance element and placing that coating into the gap between the layers of glass impedes this radiant heat transfer significantly, thus reducing the overall flow of heat through the window.
Low-E technology is over two decades old in the glass market. Although its benefits have been duly acknowledged, glass with low-e coating is rarely used in construction. There are several priceless advantages and cost savings that can be achieved by using low-e glass.
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