Smartglass International’s Solar SmartGlass brand of SPD-SmartGlass has been selected for both new construction and retrofit projects.
An example of a retrofit project currently underway is the University of Edinburgh’s historic McEwan Hall. The interior of this hall, built in 1897, is being refurbished. The company says that its Solar SmartGlass “…will be retrofitted to the internal building walls to protect the beautiful paintings and features for many more years to come. The glass will increase the functionality of the space by allowing instant control over the amount of light entering the hall. Smartglass International will create bespoke solar switchable panels that will be fitted inside each of the 13 circular oculi, each more than 2 metres in diameter.”
By offering precise and instant control over the level of tint in a glass or plastic product — from clear to very dark and any intermediate state — Research Frontiers SPD-SmartGlass is a cutting edge green technology. SPD-Smart products allow people to better manage light in ways that lower energy use, reduce environmental impact, and raise people’s well-being and comfort. The New Buildings Institute reports that daylight harvesting can save 35-60% on artificial lighting costs in buildings. SPD-Smart windows and skylights strongly support daylight harvesting goals by optimally regulating the amount of incoming natural light through windows so that occupants’ task-lighting needs are satisfied and artificial lighting costs are reduced. SPD-Smart products also dynamically regulate the sun’s incoming heat — capturing more on cold days and rejecting more on warm ones — thus helping to reduce heating and cooling costs.