Electrochromic glass is a smart solution for buildings in which solar control is a challenge, including classroom settings, healthcare facilities, commercial offices, retail spaces, museums and cultural institutions. Interior spaces featuring an atrium or skylights also benefit from the use of smart glass. Electrochromic glass maintains access to daylight and outdoor views, which are linked to faster rates of learning and patient recovery, improved emotional wellness, increased productivity and reduced employee absenteeism. Not only does electrochromic glass offer design flexibility and occupant benefits, it also contributes to sustainability goals and energy savings.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of electrochromic (EC) glazing and how it can be used to solve the challenges of simultaneously achieving energy performance, daylight and views, and comfort.
  • Analyze the aesthetic performance of next-generation EC glazing and how it works compared to conventional solar control solutions.
  • Examine EC’s benefits.
  • Explain how EC systems can be controlled to meet energy performance and user comfort needs.
  • Understand the key aspects of zoning with EC and how zoning can be used to optimize tradeoffs between the competing goals of glare control, daylight admission, energy performance, and light color quality.