Viridian has introduced a new glazing innovation that allows the entry
of light and also helps maintain the energy efficiency of the home.
Viridian’s new LightBridge is a market-leading high insulation
performance residential glazing product suitable for windows and doors capable
of accommodating a double glazed unit. Functioning like a regular window
to facilitate light, the new glazing product behaves like a wall when it comes
Builders have always found it challenging to achieve more natural light
in a home using ordinary glass windows while maintaining the home’s energy
Architects, designers and builders have responded to stringent energy
regulations by reducing the number, size and distribution of windows in homes.
Since large areas of ordinary glass lose excessive amounts of heat and don’t
comply with energy regulations, six star houses are now often built with
smaller windows to achieve the required NatHERS star rating. Consequently, glazed
areas such as windows and doors in detached dwellings have declined by 16% in
Victoria and by 6% in NSW in the period 2009-2013.
Research, however, proves that natural light is actually a key design expectation
for homeowners, with a recent CSIRO survey finding that participants felt ‘good
natural light’ was the most important feature from a set list of top priorities
for a home.
The LightBridge glass from Viridian addresses the challenges faced by
builders in giving their clients the natural light they desire while achieving
the required NatHERS star rating. Viridian’s LightBridge is a new range of
high performance insulating glass units (IGU) developed for residential
building applications, allowing builders to achieve abundant natural light
levels in their designs without compromising energy efficiency.
Using LightBridge instead of ordinary glass, builders can now more
than double the glazed area in a home. The high performance double glazed
LightBridge windows enable builders to achieve a much larger window to
floor ratio with the same NatHERS star rating, providing the homeowner with the
desired light, views, energy efficiency and a sense of space.
Viridian’s Home Comfort General Manager, Daniel Black explained that
they sought to create windows that functioned like a ‘window’ when it came to
light but behaved a bit more like a ‘wall’ when it came to insulation.
Observing that builder and homeowner objectives can sometimes differ,
Daniel comments that using high performance glass such as the new LightBridge offers
a win-win situation for both the builder and the homeowner or homebuyer. Designed
to meet both builder and consumer needs, high performance glass allows the
builder to produce better designed, better quality and better valued homes,
which can sell at higher prices. Residents also benefit from a healthier and
more valuable light filled property.
Choosing LightBridge helps facilitate enhanced natural light
levels while allowing the option of balancing high light transmission with
mid-range solar control, which can be stepped up to suit specific requirements.
Viridian’s LightBridge glazing range is configured for three standard
make-ups: base product, Sanctuary Level 1 and Sanctuary Level 2, offering varying
levels of enhanced noise reduction, security and UV control to suit the
homeowner’s needs, the specific site requirements or demands of the
neighbouring environment. LightBridge also offers an exceptionally low U-value
for market-leading insulation performance.
The LightBridge range is available in four standard colour/privacy
combinations of Clear and Grey, each available in a transparent or translucent