Pilkington UK has made its structural glazing technology Pilkington Planar available via building information modelling (BIM.

Pilkington Planar models are now available through the widely-used BIM programme Revit, helping architects and engineers to accurately and collaboratively create structurally glazed atriums, facades, and roofs in 3D modelling. 

The models help Revit users to design glazed facades in the programme with the same ease of a standard integrated curtain wall system. It also enables specifiers to easily upgrade curtain walling to a Pilkington Planar façade.

The technology provides users with relevant data to support the procurement and fabrication of Pilkington Planar systems, cost estimates, and information to help guide construction and installation stages. Models can also be referenced by facility managers or contractors if technical information is required for repairs and maintenance in future.

Michael Metcalfe, head of sales UK processing, at Pilkington UK, said: “Modern glazing plays a critical role in the built environment – comprising expansive parts of building envelopes, and as a key component in any buildings’ climate control capabilities.

“Making the world’s leading structural glazing system available through BIM is a natural step for us. It ensures architects have access to the latest technical information for Pilkington Planar, which they can model alongside other critical building materials to accurately evaluate key structural and performance requirements.”https://www.bimstore.co/manufacturers/pilkington