Conservatories & balconies dictionary
From A for Automation to W for Watertightness – all the conservatory terminology explained in simple terms.
Solar shading glass (thermal insulation)
Solar shading glass is multi-pane insulating glass with special solar shading properties. It reduces light penetration and is also used as thermal insulation. A distinction is made between absorbent glass and reflective glass.
Absorbent glass is usually tinted (bronze, green or grey). It absorbs the thermal radiation from the sun and emits it in part to the interior room. Reflective glass is fitted with a metallic vapour plate (gold, silver, bronze) in the space between the panes and reflects the thermal radiation.
Insulating glass with an integrated photovoltaic module for supplying solar power, solar shading foils or aluminium louvre blades in the space between the panes serves as solar shading, screening and anti-glare protection, which can be operated without an external power supply.
A toplight is a window opening in the ceiling. It allows natural light into an inner room. It is limited to this function. it is not intended to provide a view of the surroundings.
When windows are replaced, the toplights should be designed as moveable, otherwise there is a risk of accident when cleaning. A toplight can either be operated normally with handles, using a crank-operated drive or electrically.