Photovoltaic smart glass converts ultraviolet and infrared to electricity while transmitting visible light into building interiors, enabling the sustainable use of natural daylight.
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.
Thermochromic smart glass reduces solar heat gain into buildings, reducing air conditioning costs and contributing to ‘net-zero’ construction.
Translucent concrete is an architectural and design tool which transmits and scatters daylight throughout a building, offering energy efficiency, sustainability and privacy, as well as serving as a structural and insulative element.
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.
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.
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.
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.