Silicones are highly UV and weathering resistant. Tailor made, top quality silicones are the core products of Sika’s comprehensive product range for industrial sealing and bonding in facades, windows, insulating glass and solar application. Sika has concentrated its competence for high performance silicones for the specification market under the roof of Sika Engineering Silicones.
To strike the ideal balance between aesthetic appeal and energy efficiency, architects are increasingly turning to glass curtain wall construction. Glass can be well combined with other materials such as natural stone, metals or plastic coated metals, giving planners a wide scope for creativity.
Structural bonding of the glass to the sash frame stiffens the window. As a result, the glass supports the frame instead of the usual situation where the frame supports the glass. Reduced requirements to the structural strength for the sash frame enable numerous options for improved window structures.
The facades are mainly responsible for the energy balance of a building. The excellent thermal insulating effect of bonded double- or triple-glazed units with coated glass - sealed by dual-seal technology - can save much of the energy otherwise consumed for heating or cooling.
The Solar Industry strives for cost reduction, process optimisation and performance increase. Optimised adhesive technologies enable the Photovoltaic, CSP and Solar Thermal Collector system providers to reach for new design options, material savings and process improvement to fight against these challenges.