Heated Glass in Commercial Building Design
What is Heated Glass and Where Can it Be Used?
Heated Glass can be used as an invisible heat source in any space, for a smooth radiant heat that provides a comfortable temperature within the space. Providing a heat source is not the only use for heated glass, it can also be used in spa and swimming pool areas to stop condensation from forming or in colder climates to stop snow and ice from settling on the glass surface.
These specialist glazed units can be single, double, and even triple glazed and installed as frameless structural glass installations or into a wider structure. Heated glass isn’t only for use in fixed glazing, it’s also suitable for use within slim framed sliding door systems.
How the heated glass solution works is that transparent metal oxide coating is applied to the glass unit. When the buzz bars at the head and base of the frame have electricity passed through them (when the system is switched on) the electricity then passes through the semi-conductive coating which generates a radiant heat source.
Heated Glass in Restaurants
These heated glass doors create an ambient temperature within the restaurant when the doors are closed and also help to reduce the cold draught when the doors are slid open. To create the perfect temperature for the space, the temperature can be set and controlled automatically through a thermostat.
At the Southend Civic Centre, IQ played a key role in designing and installing a specialist glass structure to become the new cafeteria space. The new cafeteria was built in the courtyard of the existing building, using a steel frame for structural support.
Between the steel framing, specialist heated glass walls were installed alongside a structural glass roof. These large glass walls not only flood the dining area with natural light, but they also provide warmth to the new space.
Heated Glass in Luxury Spas
As heated glass is a popular choice for condensation relief on large glazing elevations, incorporating this into luxury spa designs between pools and gyms is good. This is because the air in indoor pool spaces tends to be warm and humid, and gyms tend to have cool internal temperatures.
This means that when internal glazing is put between the two spaces the cool air conned space of the gym keeps the glass cool to the touch, when the humid air touches the cool glass pane this forms condensation.
Condensation forming on the surface of the glass is not an issue, although many people have the view that it does. For luxury, high-end spa facilities, keeping these types of glazing installations free from condensation is essential as condensation would block views and negatively impact the luxurious feel of these spaces.
Heated Glass in Hotels
Heated glass can be sued to maintain a confrontable temperature for guests in hotel rooms, hotel spa facilities or hotel dining areas. It is ideal for luxury hotels in cold areas with high snowfall to prevent snow build up on the outside of the glass which may obstruct natural light or views of the surrounding.
A luxury hotel in Finland that has snow pods for guests to stay in used heated glass so the occupants within the pods are provided with clear views of the surrounding snowy landscape without any snow build-up on the glass. The warm surface of the glass helps to reduce the amount of snow and ice build-up which is highly efficient at a surface temperature of +2° Celsius.
For more information about how heated glass can be used in commercial buildings speak to a member of the team on 01494 722 880.