June 21, 2018 - Building & Construction

3 Factors Fueling the Insulating Glass Market

According to Grand View Research, the global insulating glass market is forecast to reach $4.26 billion by 2025. Gain insight into market growth drivers and why it’s important to consider using insulating glass in your window designs.

Growth Driver #1: Energy Efficiency

As global pressure for energy efficiency escalates, insulating glass units (IGUs) are increasingly important to building insulation and indoor comfort.

IGUs reduce heat transfer due to a cavity between multiple panes of glass that trap air or the increasingly-popular noble gasses, such as Argon or Krypton. This helps improve a building’s overall energy efficiency, reducing the energy required to artificially cool buildings in hot months or artificially warm buildings in cold months.

Growth Driver #2: Acoustic Insulation

In addition to reducing heat transfer and improving a building’s thermal insulation, IGUs can offer noise control properties. As the global population and urbanization rise, the noise generated from air traffic and busy roads becomes a growing concern for occupant health. By reducing noise and vibration, IGUs can enhance comfort and reduce stress.

Growth Driver #3: Economic Conditions

Furthermore, IGUs are gaining popularity due to improving economic conditions at a global scale. In China and India especially, growing economies have caused a surge in residential construction demand and IGUs as a result. Rising at a CAGR of 8.1%, IGUs in residential construction reduce home’s air conditioning costs and improve overall aesthetics, enabling them to further meet consumer desires.

The pace and rate of this global growth mean that IGU producers must be able to cope with faster IGU production throughputs and automation. System solutions that combine these to produce consistent and durable IGUs will be critical to manufacturing success in these fast-growing regions.

Importance of Using IGUs in Window Designs

In addition to addressing governmental and societal demands, IGUs help:

  • Lower carbon dioxide emissions
  • Address stricter building code regulations
  • Prevent moisture and gas penetration

Manufactured in a range of thicknesses, IGUs can also address increased security needs and other special application demands.

Bostik manufactures smart sealants used in manufacturing IGUs, which enable versatile window designs and improve IGU longevity. For more information on IGUs and these smart sealants, visit www.bostik.com.

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