New Technology That Can Make Smart Windows Cheaper

The installation of building window tinting in Sydney has a huge effect on heat, UV rays and glare. Heat and glare are cut down by at least 80% and privacy is created for the employees, visitors and clients. Many employees complain about the glare on their eyes, computer screens and televisions. Window tinting will cut down the glare and provide 99% UV protection.

Chemistry researchers from UBC have developed a technique that is simple and cost effective in creating smart windows that are known for conserving building energy when they are switched from clear to tinted. The energy saving technology can dynamically control heat and light from the sun according to the needs of the building occupants.

According to Curtis Berlinguette, a professor of chemistry, chemical and biological engineering smart window technology offers the opportunity to reduce energy losses. When conventional window glass is used, it wastes one-third of the energy that is used to heat, ventilate and condition buildings. However, the main challenge in the use of smart windows is to make it more affordable.

Wei Cheng, the leader of the project at UBC found a new way to make glass materials that will change its colours in response to electricity. Cheng’s technique will deposit a liquid solution that contains metal ion into glass. With the use of ultraviolet light, the liquid solution will be transformed into a film that will coat glass. The film is completely transparent but it turns to blue when electricity passes through it. This will create an active component for a smart window.

The advantage of the technique is the creation of a uniform dynamic coating that does not need any specialized instruments. It is also compatible with different types of metals. Because the technique is scalable, it can be used to make larger windows that are stable for long-term use.

Instead of closing the blinds on a sunny day, businesses have the option of building window tinting in Sydney to dramatically reduce heat and the harmful UV rays from the sun. Aside from a being a decorative enhancement for buildings, window tints can reduce energy bills and make the workplace more comfortable and relaxing.