Given that estimates claim a pane of glass is capable of losing or gaining up to 10 times the amount of heat as a same sized wall space, it’s not surprising that there have been giant leaps forward recently in the development of glass and associated products that can help reduce this.

The smart building tech industry looks set for continued expansion, thanks to both environmental and economic concerns – this tech often produces energy cost savings – and regulatory changes designed to encourage energy efficiency.

In particular, windows with integral blinds are playing their part in helping to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Because blinds offer an extra insulating layer at your window, they are an effective additional barrier for stopping cold draughts getting inside and warm air escaping outside. As an additional touch, many manufacturers offer thermal fabrics and linings and many use thermally efficient glazing such as the SGG PLANITHERM range.

Due to glass transparency, the use of standard double glazing units is often not enough to guarantee correct control of solar energy, which often means specifying solar control glass. In addition a Uni-Blinds® double-glazed unit with integral blinds is an excellent screen against solar radiation and offers the possibility to quickly and easily adjust the internal environmental lighting level. A Uni-Blinds® integrated system filters the light and affects its value by the tilting of the slats (in the case of Venetian blinds) or by lowering the blind (in the case of pleated blinds), ensuring that energy efficiency is built-in to your home.

In addition, the dedicated warm edge spacer bars used within Uni-Blinds® can effectively halve heat transmission through the perimeter when compared to a standard extruded aluminium spacer bar, helping to create A rated energy efficient windows.

And it’s not just eco-conscious homeowners who are catching on to the benefits of integral blinds. As smart building technology makes its way into commercial spaces and building managers are beginning to rely on automated intelligent building management systems, fully-automated blinds are just another part of ensuring the building’s systems are working together for optimal energy efficiency. In fact, hard-wired into the mains, a fully-automated blinds system can synchronise the movements of groups of up to 12 blinds for simultaneous raising and lowering.

If you think it’s about time your home or business began to benefit from the added energy efficiency of integral blinds, get in touch with Morley Glass & Glazing today to find out how we can help.