Choice of glass
In the residential segment, Manish Sisodia, National Head, Glass Future, Saint-Gobain Glass India, reports “the gradually increasing use of bigger glass windows allowing more light into the house and unobstructed views”. This change is product-driven, according to him, in the sense that “the size of glass made in India has moved from 3 m × 1.5 m to 3 m × 6 m”. However, to mitigate the increased heat and glare entering the space, designers are recommending high-performance glass. SGG Infinity from Saint Gobain offers high-performance glass in various neutral shades, which meet both these needs of residential windows.
Saint Gobain also offers SGG Vetrotech, a range of attack and intrusion prevention glass for residences. This special interlayered glass complies with P6B - P8B attack resistance and BR1 - BR7 / SG1 - SG2 bullet resistance [standards] for windows. “The use of SGG Vetrotech Vetrogard is catching up in residential applications as homeowners increasingly prioritise safety,” says Sisodia.
Thicker, layered glass is in vogue. “We usually prefer double-glazed glass unless better noise control is needed, in which case triple-glazed glass works well,” opines Pooja Bihani, Founder of Spaces and Design. “We use 8-12 mm toughened glass for exteriors for better strength and durability,” adds Eshwar N, EVP Marketing, Casagrand Builder.