Dynamic Glass

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Dynamic Glass, based on electrochromic technology, is a truly innovative architectural glazing solution. This highly energy efficient glass switches between clear and tinted states on demand, providing glare and heat control while providing unobstructed views.

Using Dynamic Glass enables designers the freedom to use more glass to provide natural daylight and connection to the environment without sacrificing energy efficiency.

Dynamic Glass is now available in Solar Innovations, Inc. products.

Depending upon selections, a minimum square footage order may apply.  Please contact your Solar Innovations, Inc. representative for details at 800-618-0669 or skylight@solarinnovations.com.

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Below view a time lapse video of Dynamic Glass in Solar Innovations, Inc.’s Corporate facility. This glass can be viewed first hand while touring our state of the art LEED Gold Certified facility.

Stages of Dynamic Glass

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Benefits

Dynamic Glass has the potential to reduce HVAC system size requirements and ongoing energy consumption by dramatically reducing the amount of heat that enters a building so that it does not have to be conditioned away after the fact. In its tinted state, Dynamic Glass blocks solar heat reducing the need for cooling while simultaneously controlling glare without obstructing the view. In its clear state, Dynamic Glass transmits more solar heat than typical Low-E glass, reducing the need for heating.

Projects seeking LEED certification can benefit from the use of Dynamic Glass. Possible credits include Sustainable Sites (Credit 8 for light pollution reduction). Indoor Environment Quality (Credits 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 8.1, and 8.2 for daylighting, thermal comfort and lighting), Energy and Atmosphere, and Innovation in Design.

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Dynamic Control

Dynamic GlassDynamic Glass can function autonomously or be controlled on demand, enabling a user to tint or clear the glass to fit their needs. If automated, a control system will automatically tint or clear the glass, adapting to environmental conditions.

The glass can maintain four distinct tint levels, corresponding to 4%, 20%, 40%, and 60% visible light transmittance (Tvis) respectively. A user can set the glass tint to any desired level. Even in its fully tinted state of 4% Tvis, an occupant can clearly see through the glass, maintaining a connection to the outside world while blocking out heat and managing glare.

Different zones can also be created with the glass technology, meaning that groups of the windows can be independently controlled. For example, one group of windows can be set to 4% Tvis while an adjacent group can be set to 20% Tvis. In curtain walls and conservatories, a transom can be set to the 20% Tvis to allow light into the space for improved day lighting, while glass at eye level can be darker to reduce glare.

Durability

Dynamic Glass units have been independently tested to the ASTM E2141-06 standard by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The results of the test showed Dynamic Glass has a life expectancy of over forty years.

Installation

Most installers who have experience working with insulated glazed units can install Dynamic Glass. The control system is low-voltage, eliminating the requirement for a certified electrician to be involved in the glazing installation and commissioning. The glass itself consumes only a tiny amount of power: 1800 square feet of glass will consume the same amount of power as a 60 Watt light bulb. There are no moving parts in the system.

Dynamic Glass controls can be tied into building management systems (BMS) and smart home management systems. The system supports the capability to be controlled from a computer or tablet device.

A Brief History

Electrochromic coating technology was invented in 1968 by Dr. S.K. Deb (director emeritus of NREL) and J.A. Chopoorian (S.K. Deb, J.A. Chopoorian, J. Appl. Phys., 37, 4818, 1968). This technology enables a thin coating to reversibly change from clear to tinted when a small DC voltage is applied. Applying this technology to glass creates windows that will change to adapt to environmental conditions and provide tremendous benefits. Though the technology has existed for over forty years, due to challenges of scaling, it was not viable for architectural glass applications until now.

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