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Solar Control Glass Solutions by Ipswich Glass

Welcome to Ipswich Glass, the leading manufacturer and supplier of high-quality Solar Control Glass solutions. As a trusted partner for businesses, we specialise in providing innovative and sustainable glass solutions. Our Solar Control Glass is crafted with precision to meet the unique needs of commercial spaces, offering advanced heat reflective, UV blocking, and glare-resistant properties.

Enhance Energy Efficiency with Heat Reflective Glass  

Our Heat Reflective Glass is engineered to control solar heat gain, reducing the need for excessive cooling systems and enhancing energy efficiency. As a reputable manufacturer and supplier, Ipswich Glass provides architects and builders with a reliable solution for creating comfortable and eco-friendly environments.

Sun Protection Glass for Commercial Excellence  

Discover the power of Sun Protection Glass from Ipswich Glass, your go-to manufacturer and supplier. Crafted with precision, our glass solutions provide effective shielding against harmful UV rays, ensuring the longevity of your interior furnishings. Elevate your commercial spaces with a reliable solution prioritising aesthetics and functionality.

Sustainable Solar Solutions for a Greener Tomorrow  

At Ipswich Glass, we take pride in offering Sustainable Solar Solutions beyond conventional glass offerings. As a responsible manufacturer and supplier, our commitment to eco-friendly practices is reflected in every product. Choose Ipswich Glass for a sustainable future where your business contributes to a greener tomorrow.

Solar Control Window Films – Unrivaled Performance  

Explore the versatility of Solar Control Window Films by Ipswich Glass, your trusted manufacturer and supplier. Tailored for commercial applications, these films provide comprehensive solar control, promoting energy efficiency and creating a comfortable work environment. Invest in a solution that combines functionality and style.

UV Blocking Glass – Protecting Your Interiors

Ipswich Glass introduces UV Blocking Glass for businesses that prioritise interior protection. As your trusted manufacturer and supplier, we ensure that harmful UV rays are kept at bay, preserving the integrity of your office furnishings. Choose Ipswich Glass as your reliable supplier for a solution that cares for your space and investments.

Architectural Solar Glass – Merging Form and Function  

Immerse yourself in the fusion of architecture and sustainability with Ipswich Glass's Architectural Solar Glass. Crafted by our expert team, this product is designed for businesses that appreciate the aesthetic value of glass while prioritising energy efficiency. Elevate your projects with a statement piece from Ipswich Glass, your trusted manufacturer and supplier.

Technical Specifications  

  • Ipswich Glass Solar Control Glass is engineered with the latest technology to provide the following:
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): Industry-leading control for optimal temperature regulation.
  • U-Factor: Ensures energy efficiency, reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling.
  • Visible Light Transmission (VLT): Balances natural light while preventing glare.
  • UV Transmittance: Effectively blocks harmful UV rays, preserving interiors.

Advantages of Ipswich Glass Solar Control Solutions  

  • Energy Savings: Reduce cooling costs and overall energy consumption.

  • UV Protection: Preserve furnishings and maintain a healthy indoor environment.
  • Sustainability: Contribute to eco-friendly building practices.

Ipswich Glass: A Spectrum of Stylish and Functional Glass Solutions

Ipswich Glass proudly showcases a wide-ranging portfolio of glass products that seamlessly blend functionality with style to cater to assorted demands. Our offerings include energy-conserving options such as single glazed, double glazed, and triple glazed glass, enhanced by innovative Switchable Privacy Glass and Low E Glass for optimal insulation. The collection also features bespoke aesthetics like Sunburst Georgian Grille Glass, Decorative Lead Glass, Bevelled Glass Panels, and vibrant Stained Glass. For practical uses, we provide Fire Rated Glass, Acoustic Glass, Wired Glass, UV-Blocking, and Mirrored Glass. For those seeking unique textures and colours, our selection includes Sandblasted Glass, Coloured Glass, Crackle Glass, and Textured Glass. Our custom solutions extend to Glass Shelves Cut to Size, Self Cleaning Glass, Solar Control Glass, Georgian Bar Glass, Bespoke Lead Design Glass, and Mirror Cut To Size, ensuring a personalised and all-encompassing service for every glass requirement.

Additionally, we supply high-quality windows and doors, including UPVC windows, casement windows, tilt and turn windows, and vertical sliding sash windows, as well as a variety of door options such as UPVC doors, French doors, sliding patio doors, aluminium sliding patio doorsaluminium  doors, bi-folding doors, and composite doors, with a custom composite door builder.

Contact Ipswich Glass for Your Solar Control Glass Needs  

Trust Ipswich Glass for top-tier Solar Control Glass solutions tailored for B2B applications. Contact us today to discuss your project requirements and explore the advantages of our advanced glass technology.


Does Solar Glass Really Work?  

Yes, solar glass effectively reduces heat gain within a building by reflecting or absorbing solar radiation, thus keeping indoor spaces cooler and reducing the need for air conditioning.

Do I Need Solar Control Glass?  

If you live in a climate with significant exposure to sunlight and experience high cooling costs or discomfort from heat gain, solar control glass can be beneficial. It's also ideal for buildings with large glass facades or windows.

Difference Between Solar Control Glass and Low-E Glass  

Solar control glass primarily targets the reduction of solar heat gain through the reflection and absorption of solar radiation. Low-E (low emissivity) glass aims to minimize the amount of infrared and ultraviolet light that can pass through glass without compromising the amount of visible light transmitted. While solar control glass reduces heat from sunlight, low-E glass prevents heat from escaping during colder months, making it beneficial for both heating and cooling efficiency.

Here's a table summarising the differences between Solar Control Glass and Low-E (Low Emissivity) Glass:


Solar Control Glass

Low-E Glass

Primary Objective

To reduce solar heat gain through reflection and absorption of solar radiation.

To minimize the passage of infrared and ultraviolet light while allowing as much visible light as possible.


Reduces cooling costs by minimising heat gain from sunlight.

Reduces heating costs by keeping heat inside during colder months; also helps with cooling efficiency.

Energy Efficiency

Primarily enhances cooling efficiency by blocking solar heat.

Enhances both heating and cooling efficiency by regulating the indoor climate.


Uses coatings that reflect or absorb solar energy.

Employs a microscopically thin coating that reflects interior temperatures back inside, reducing thermal loss.


Ideal for climates with significant sunlight exposure where cooling is a priority.

Suitable for a variety of climates, offering benefits in both warm and cold environments.

Visual Impact

Can have a slight tint or reflective surface, depending on the type.

Tends to be more transparent, maintaining the appearance of traditional glass while offering energy benefits.


Does Solar Control Glass Look Different?  

Solar control glass can have a slight tint or reflective surface, depending on the type and the technology used. These visual characteristics are due to the coatings that help control solar heat gain. However, it can also be virtually indistinguishable from normal glass, especially in versions designed to maintain transparency.

Benefits of Solar Glass  

  • Reduced Energy Costs: By minimising heat gain, there's less reliance on air conditioning.

  • Improved Comfort: Helps in maintaining a more consistent indoor temperature.

  • UV Protection: Can block harmful UV rays, protecting interior furnishings from fading.

  • Glare Reduction: Some types of solar control glass can reduce sun glare, enhancing visual comfort.

Efficiency of Solar Glass

The efficiency of solar glass depends on its ability to reflect, absorb, and transmit solar energy, often quantified by the solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). The lower the SHGC, the more efficient the glass is in blocking heat gain.

Is Solar Control Glass Clear?  

Solar control glass can be clear, especially if designed to be transparent while blocking UV and infrared rays. However, some variants have tints or reflective coatings that affect visibility.

Disadvantage of Solar Glass  

The primary disadvantage can be the cost, as solar control glass is typically more expensive than standard glass. Additionally, if not selected appropriately, it can reduce natural light and visibility.

What Problem Does Solar Glass Solve?  

It primarily solves the problem of excessive heat gain through windows, leading to reduced cooling costs, enhanced comfort, and protection against UV radiation.

Lifespan of Solar Glass  

Solar glass can last as long as standard glass, often exceeding 20-30 years, with proper installation and maintenance. Its life span also depends on the quality of the glass and the coatings used.

Cleaning Solar Control Glass  

It should be cleaned with mild soap and water or glass cleaners recommended by the manufacturer. Avoid abrasive materials that can scratch or damage the coatings.

Is Solar Control Glass Worth It?  

Considering the benefits of reduced energy costs, enhanced comfort, and UV protection, solar control glass is often worth the investment, especially in regions with high solar exposure.

Difference Between Solar Glass and Normal Glass  

The key difference lies in the ability to control solar heat gain. Solar glass is engineered to minimize this heat gain, whereas normal glass lacks this capability.

Here's a table to highlight the differences between Solar Glass and Normal Glass:


Solar Glass

Normal Glass

Heat Control

Engineered to minimize solar heat gain through reflection and absorption of solar radiation.

Does not have specialized coatings; allows more solar heat to pass through.

Energy Efficiency

Enhances energy efficiency by reducing the need for air conditioning.

Less energy efficient due to higher heat gain, potentially increasing cooling costs.

UV Protection

Often includes UV-blocking capabilities to protect interiors from harmful UV rays.

Limited to no UV protection, allowing UV rays to fade furniture and harm skin.

Visual Appearance

May have a slight tint or reflective properties depending on the type and technology used.

Typically clear without tints unless specially treated for aesthetic purposes.


Generally more expensive due to advanced manufacturing processes and materials.

Less expensive, standard option for windows and glass applications.

Use Cases

Ideal for buildings in sunny climates, large window facades, and areas where energy saving is a priority.

Commonly used in various applications without specific requirements for solar heat control.


Future of Solar Glass  

The future looks promising, with ongoing advancements in technology aimed at increasing efficiency, reducing costs, and integrating solar control properties without compromising transparency.

New Solar Glass Technology  

Emerging technologies include improved coatings and integrating photovoltaic cells within the glass to generate electricity while controlling heat gain.

Low-E Glass vs. Double Glazing  

Low-E glass improves thermal efficiency by reflecting infrared light, while double glazing reduces heat transfer by trapping air or gas between two glass panes. Both enhance energy efficiency, but they work through different mechanisms.

Here's a table that contrasts Low-E Glass with Double Glazing, highlighting their distinct mechanisms and benefits for thermal efficiency:


Low-E Glass

Double Glazing

Thermal Efficiency

Improves thermal efficiency by reflecting infrared light back into the room, reducing heat loss.

Reduces heat transfer by trapping air or inert gas between two panes of glass, creating an insulating barrier.

Energy Efficiency

Enhances both heating and cooling efficiency by maintaining indoor temperatures.

Primarily enhances energy efficiency by reducing heat loss, which is beneficial for heating.


Uses a microscopically thin coating on the glass that reflects heat.

Relies on the physical barrier of air or gas between two glass layers to reduce thermal conductivity.


May cost more than standard glass due to the specialized coating but less than or comparable to high-quality double glazing.

Generally costs more than single-pane glass due to additional materials and complexity, but can vary based on the type of gas used and additional features like Low-E coatings.

UV Protection

Can block a significant amount of UV radiation, protecting interior furnishings from fading.

Provides some UV protection due to the double-layered structure, but effectiveness can be enhanced with Low-E coatings.

Sound Insulation

Provides moderate sound insulation due to the special coating, but not as effective as double glazing.

Offers superior sound insulation due to the air or gas layer acting as a sound barrier.

Ideal Use

Suitable for climates with extreme temperatures, offering benefits in both warm and cold conditions.

Ideal for areas with significant noise pollution or extreme weather conditions, requiring enhanced insulation.

G Value of Solar Control Glass  

The G value, or solar factor, indicates the total solar energy transmittance, including direct transmittance and absorbed and then inwardly re-radiated heat. Lower G values signify better performance in blocking heat gain.


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