logo
A powerful architecture & Construction theme. Construct your website in the perfect Ratio.
Alienum phaedrum torquatos nec eu, vis detraxit periculis ex, nihil expetendis in mei. Mei an pericula

Will Technology Change Window Tint?

Sun Shade Window Films / Commercial Articles  / Will Technology Change Window Tint?
Smart Technology and Window Tint

Will Technology Change Window Tint?

Window tint provides numerous benefits, however the traditional application is static, meaning the result is limited to one level of tint. An impressive advance in technology has made the one-size-fits-all model a thing of the past. In fact, the intuitive Smart Glass window tinting system enables the user to pre-program and adjust the tint of an entire building from anywhere in the world, using their smartphone or tablet.

The Smart Glass System

A company called View (formerly known as Soladigm), first introduced their intuitive window tinting system in 2012. Their ground-breaking electrochromatic coating automatically darkens in response to changes in light. The degree of tint can be adjusted manually based upon the occupancy of a room or outdoor lighting conditions, as well as intuitively via weather feeds and real-time sensors that anticipate and respond to cloud cover. This allows natural daylight in to saturate the space, and rejects solar glare. Smart Glass has been primarily used in commercial settings but expects to expand to other markets in the near future.

The biggest benefit to this system is obviously the reduction in energy and utility consumption by at least 20%, specifically by limiting cooling and heating loads and the need for electric lighting. During the summer, you can increase the amount of tint to keep your rooms cooler, plus the tint blocks more than 90% of harmful solar radiation. In the winter the smart window technology allows for passive heat retention.

Window Construction

Smart Glass uses physical vapor deposition techniques to apply electrochromatic material to regular glass, resulting in a thin yet durable ceramic coating, that when combined with a small voltage though a near-invisible network of wires, changes the transmission properties of ultraviolet light.

How the Windows Work

Smart Glass can be operated manually with a wall switch or remotely though your computer and mobile device. You can create lighting schedules for entire buildings as well as track energy usage. Light sensors connected to a central management system can be programmed to adjust the amount of tint in response to weather conditions, or the needs of occupants inside the space.

Smart Window Benefits

Benefits include greater architectural design freedom, as the use of Smart Glass will meet code and allow for the greatest use of natural light. Additionally, Smart Glass allows you to eliminate vertical blinds, curtains or other traditional solar control features.

The biggest benefit to this system is obviously the reduction in energy and utility consumption by at least 20%, specifically by limiting cooling and heating loads and the need for electric lighting. During the summer, you can increase the amount of tint to keep your rooms cooler, plus the tint blocks more than 90% of harmful solar radiation. In the winter the smart window technology allows for passive heat retention.

But What About Today?

As of now, these initiatives have not been fully brought to market and can be prohibitively expensive. What should a building owner do today? There are many spectrally selective films that will help you increase your privacy, reduce your costs, and increase your comfort. Whether you are a building owner or home owner, there is a solution that will fit your budget while you wait for the super technology of the future.