When the Mynydd Mawr Hospital in Tumble, South Wales decided to upgrade its windows, Pilkington Activ™ self-cleaning glass was top of the priority list! The hospital is part of Camarthenshire NHS and offers a care of the elderly rehabilitation and assessment unit for people who need care nursing over and above the level of care that they can get in their own homes.
EXL Windows in Pencader were responsible for manufacturing and installing in excess of 70 PVCu casement windows and, as Sharon Bowen of the company explains, the client was very specific about their demands for quality. “Pilkington Activ™ glass was specified from the beginning,” she explains. “The hospital caters for the elderly and it was important that the windows required the least possible maintenance so that the residents would not be unduly disturbed.” Manually cleaning large amounts of windows is a time consuming job and one that could cause intrusion to the patients. The self-cleaning properties of Pilkington Activ™ provided the perfect solution to the problem.
Pilkington Activ™ glass works in a revolutionary way, breaking down & loosening organic dirt particles on the surface of the glass. The special hydrophilic coating causes rain and any water for that matter, to sheet rather than form beads, thus washing the surface of the glass and reducing streaking, providing a clearer vision immediately after rainfall. Pilkington Activ™ continues to work even on cloudy days and at night.
“We are increasingly being asked to use Pilkington Activ™ on numerous projects, both in the public and private sectors,” continues Sharon Bowen. “The popularity of the product has expanded rapidly as more and more people within the industry recognize its value for money and its potential to save on expensive cleaning costs over the long term.”