SmartGlass International's SPD-SmartGlass architectural window product wins the Most Innovative Product Award at the 100% Detail Show in London, England. 100% Detail features the latest developments in sustainability, innovation, and design for the building environment. Supported by the industry publication Architecture Today, judging for the prestigious Most Innovative Product Award was based on several factors including innovation, the use of materials and technology, and sustainability.
SmartGlass International says the operating principle of SPD-SmartGlass is simple. Company officicals say within the patented SPD film are millions of microscopic particles that randomly orient when no voltage is present. In this state over 99% of light is blocked from passing through the film. As voltage is introduced, the particles align and allow light to pass. Adjusting the voltage allows users to regulate or “tune” the glazing to any desired state between very dark and fully clear. The film is laminated between panes of glass or polycarbonate to produce SPD-Smart windows, doors, skylights, partitions, sunroofs, and other products.
SmartGlass International says buildings account for approximately forty percent of the energy used in many regions of the world and that a growing body of research finds architectural daylighting a sustainable strategy to reduce demand on a building’s HVAC systems, lower interior lighting consumption, improve occupant productivity, and support the environment.
More information about SmartGlass International can be found at www.SmartGlassInternational.com.