New technologies such as electrochromic glass are challenging traditional methods of solar control such as blinds and shades. Researchers from the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc., and Syracuse University are conducting a study to learn more about the benefits and considerations of both products.
SageGlass – the pioneer of electrochromic glass for the commercial market – was installed in an office suite at the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) headquarters as part of a daylighting research project being conducted in collaboration with Siemens Industry, Inc., Building Technologies Division, a strategic partner of the SyracuseCoE. The SyracuseCoE serves as a “living laboratory” to help companies and universities develop new products to improve energy efficiency in buildings.
Our dynamic glass will be part of a daylighting research project with the goal of comparing electrochromic glass and automated window blinds side-by-side to determine which product most effectively minimizes energy consumption while maintaining glare control and creating a comfortable environment for building occupants.
The most advanced dynamic glass available today, SageGlass was chosen for this project due to its ability to dynamically control sunlight to optimize daylight, maintain outdoor views and enhance comfort by preventing glare and solar heat. By blocking sunlight on hot days, our product dramatically reduces energy demand and the need for HVAC. Additionally, by adjusting to the sun’s rays, our product allows for less dependence on overhead electrical lighting systems.
According to Klaus Jank, Product Manager, US Room Level Controllers, at Siemens Industry, Inc., Building Technologies Division, “In partnership with the SyracuseCoE, our goal is to identify an optimized control scheme for integrating daylighting and electrical lighting, while using different technologies for dynamic exterior façades. This study will help improve the way building systems are managed.”
While the research is still underway, we’re confident SageGlass will prove to be a superior solar management solution thanks to its ability to control sunlight and create a more comfortable environment for building occupants, without compromising outdoor views.
We are proud that SageGlass will be able to play a leading role in research that is studying energy efficiency and human comfort in a whole new way. For more on this study, check out our recent press release.