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Passive House Design with Smartglass

The Passive House goals of sustainability, affordability and comfort coincide perfectly with the capabilities of insulated smartglass, facilitating ultra energy-efficient buildings and a faster transition to global Net Zero.

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Warm edge spacers solve smartglass safety issues

Warm edge spacers, already an industry standard for thermal insulation in windows, serve a crucial function for electrically-powered smartglass by reducing condensation, thus minimising the risk of short circuits and electrical fires

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Transparent Conductive Films and Smartglass

Transparent conductive thin films are the ‘secret superpower’ of the smartglass sector, allowing auto-tinting or photovoltaic layers to be connected electrically, while maximising daylighting for sustainable green architecture.

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AI-driven Smartglass Facades

Smartglass is only as clever as the system that drives it, and will require awareness and deep learning to meet complex security and privacy needs in smart cities

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Anti-Reflective Smartglass

Smartglass can be coated to minimise the reflectivity inherent in its structure, thus improving sustainable daylighting, reducing light pollution and increasing the efficiency of photovoltaic smart windows and claddings.

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Low-Emissivity Smartglass Windows

Smart glass can be enhanced by low-emissivity (low-e) coatings that improve energy efficiency, allowing building facades to achieve on-demand privacy, reduced glare and compliance with thermal efficiency codes such as Energy Star.

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Electrophoretic Smartglass

Electrophoretic smartglass changes tint between transparent and opaque with minimal power consumption and offers on-demand light control for IoT consumer devices, buildings, vehicles and smart city infrastructure.

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Cost-Benefit Analysis of Smart Glass

Smartglass costs come with a payback period allowing you to recoup the investment, thanks to building-wide energy-savings, improved occupant health and sustainable daylighting during the lifetime of the building.

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What Is Electrochromism?

Electrochromism refers to the electrochemically-induced change in optical properties of a material brought about by the application of an electric field.

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Liquid Crystals and Polarisation

Liquid crystals can polarise light when under the action of an applied electric field, giving the ability to control the visual display of user interfaces for automotive, medical and consumer devices.

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Liquid Crystal Thermometers

Liquid crystal thermometers change colour as a function of temperature, allowing their use as IoT temperature sensors and as thermometers for medical and industrial applications.

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What Is Liquid Crystal on Silicon?

Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) technology allows for the rapid switching of light for purposes of display projection, improving on the existing liquid crystal display (LCD) and digital light processing (DLP) technologies.

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What is a Liquid Crystal?

A liquid crystal is a thermodynamically stable ‘mesophase’ of matter between the solid and liquid phases and reacts to changes in heat, electricity and pressure.

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Augmented-Reality Smart Glasses for Industry 4.0

Augmented-reality (AR) smart glass is a nascent technology with clear benefits for digital manufacturing that needs real-world validation to enable the efficiency gains required by Industry 4.0

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What Is Photovoltaic Smart Glass?

Photovoltaic smart glass converts ultraviolet and infrared to electricity while transmitting visible light into building interiors, enabling the sustainable use of natural daylight.

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What is Photochromic Smart Glass?

Photochromic glass promotes sustainable architecture and compliance with green building standards such as LEED and BREEAM, by allowing interiors to meet the minimum daylighting requirements of 300 lux across 50% of building space, without the accompanying increase in HVAC costs.


What is Thermochromic Smart Glass?

Thermochromic smart glass reduces solar heat gain into buildings, reducing air conditioning costs and contributing to ‘net-zero’ construction.

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Anticipating the European Climate Law with Smart Glass

Smart glass can help architects to cut carbon emissions by reducing heating and cooling costs in buildings, thus complying with the proposed new European Climate Law, which intends to convert Europe into the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

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Translucent Concrete and Smart Glass

Translucent Concrete and Smart Glass could together offer architects and designers a creative tool for on-demand interior daylighting in net-zero buildings, thus contributing to the goals of the European Climate Law.

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What is SPD SmartGlass?

Suspended Particle Devices (SPD) smart glass is a technology developed and patented by Research Frontiers Inc. and allows a voltage-driven, reversible and variable change in glass transmittance, benefitting privacy, energy efficiency and security.


What Is PDLC Smart Glass?

With no applied voltage, the liquid crystals in PDLC smart glass orient randomly and scatter light. When an electrical signal is applied, the liquid crystals orient themselves parallel to each other, allowing light through and illuminating parts of the building which would otherwise remain in darkness.

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Colour Rendering of Smart Glass for Healthcare

The colour rendering capabilities of smart glass facades in healthcare facilities can directly influence medical diagnoses that rely on a visual observation of the colour of human tissue.


Smart Glass for Improved Hygiene in Healthcare

Smart glass facilitates disinfection in healthcare environments, thus replacing curtains, drapes and window blinds which can harbour pathogens. We ask the question: why is glass easy to clean in the first place?


Expert Interview with Dr. Aritra Ghosh

We are joined by Dr. Aritra Ghosh, post-doctoral fellow in renewable energy at the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at the University of Exeter.

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What is Electrochromic Smart Glass?

Electrochromic smart glass changes transmittance when powered by a DC voltage. This reversible change alters the state of the glass between transparent and opaque (or any state in between), with switching times in the order of minutes.

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What is Smart Glass?

We define ‘smart glass’ as having modifications to the structure of any glazing product, or technologies which augment its behaviour. These can be surface coatings, internal lamination or electronic circuits embedded in or on the glass.

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