Saint-Gobain launches ORAE® the world’s first low-carbon glass

Performance meets sustainability

Following a landmark technical innovation Saint-Gobain Glass can now offer a new glass with the lowest embodied carbon on the building façade market. This industry first was accomplished through a production combining high recycled glass content and renewable energy and forms part of the company’s plans to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

As facades represent up to 20% of a building's carbon footprint, this innovation will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of construction and accelerate the development of the circular economy.

ORAE® has a low estimated carbon footprint of only 7 kg CO2 eq/m2 (for a 4mm substrate). This new low carbon glass will be combined with the existing COOL-LITE® XTREME coating technology, which already drastically reduces carbon emissions generated by energy consumption needed when using the building thanks to its high performance in terms of daylight intake, solar control and thermal insulation.

As a result, the new range will offer the lowest carbon footprint on the market with a reduction of around 40% compared to Saint-Gobain’s baseline product.

Mike Butterick, Marketing Director at Saint-Gobain Glass said: “ORAE® is a world first in sustainable construction and the process doesn’t compromise the technical or aesthetic performance of the products. Our focus has always been on manufacturing high performance products that are energy and carbon efficient in their operational use, and now we are making huge strides towards decarbonising the manufacturing process and reducing our embodied carbon. “

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