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Maximizing Energy Efficiency: How Choosing the Right Commercial Glass Can Lower Your Energy Bills

As a business owner, you know that energy bills can be a significant expense. But did you know that choosing the right commercial glass can help you lower your energy bills and maximize energy efficiency? In this blog, we'll explore how you can choose the right commercial glass to save energy and money.

Selecting the Right Glass

The first step in maximizing energy efficiency is selecting the right glass. There are several factors to consider, including:


The U-factor measures how well a material can prevent heat from escaping. The lower the U-factor, the better the insulation. When selecting commercial glass, look for a low U-factor to help keep heat inside during the winter.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

The solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) measures how well a material can block heat from the sun. The lower the SHGC, the less heat that enters the building. When selecting commercial glass, look for a low SHGC to help keep your building cool during the summer.

Visible Transmittance

Visible transmittance (VT) measures how much visible light passes through a material. When selecting commercial glass, look for a high VT to maximize natural light and reduce the need for artificial lighting.

Additional Considerations

In addition to selecting the right glass, there are several other considerations to maximize energy efficiency:

Window Orientation

The orientation of your windows can impact energy efficiency. South-facing windows receive the most sunlight and heat, while north-facing windows receive the least. When designing your building, consider the orientation of your windows to maximize energy efficiency.

Window Treatments

Window treatments can also impact energy efficiency. Installing blinds, shades, or curtains can help reduce heat gain during the summer and heat loss during the winter.


Finally, proper insulation is essential for maximizing energy efficiency. Make sure your building is properly insulated to prevent heat loss during the winter and heat gain during the summer.


Choosing the right commercial glass can have a significant impact on energy bills and energy efficiency. By considering factors like U-factor, SHGC, and VT, and taking additional steps like window orientation, window treatments, and insulation, you can lower your energy bills and maximize energy efficiency. Contact a commercial glass expert to learn more about how you can choose the right glass for your building.


Crystal Clear Glass Inc. has been serving architects in California, Nevada and Arizona since 1986 by consulting on, sourcing, and installing top-performing windows and doors for high-end multi-tenant/mixed use buildings, historical buildings, and colleges and universities.

We offer aluminum, vinyl and wood-clad glass window and door products to organizations across the United States and use careful installation techniques. We even offer OptiCore® technology, which is the highest-performing energy efficient window product.

Additionally, we're revolutionizing the industry by offering four fully-remote AIA CEU certifications for architects as high-energy windows and doors become the standard.

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