Helen Sanders Discusses the Benefits of Dynamic
September 13, 2012
by Casey Neeley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sanders, vice president of technical business development for Sage
Electrochromics Inc., provide a presentation titled "Dynamic
Glazing Case Studies," during which she explained not only
the science behind electrochromic and thermochromic glazing, but
also the practicality of the products. The presentation was given
in Las Vegas as part of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance
(IGMA) Educational Seminar.
Sanders described dynamic glazings as "glazings that change
their transmission properties in response to an external stimulus
such as heat, sunlight, gas or electricity." Types of glazings
discussed include liquid crystal devices, or privacy glass, suspended
particles devices, monolithic ceramic thin film electrochromic glazing
and polymer-based electrochromics.
According to Sanders, the commercial applications are limitless
because of their "human factor" appeal. As energy concerns
rise, dynamic glazing offers a relatively inexpensive solution to
controlling temperatures and lighting. "One of the benefits
of dynamic glazing is that you maintain that uninhibited view to
the outside," said Sanders.
Sanders offers examples of companies with buildings built with either
high, extensive windows or full-room sunroofing where extremes of
light, heat and glare were often problems that affected either the
efficiency or comfort of the space. Solutions presented by this
glazing offered a less expensive, more attractive solution, claimed
Sanders added that installing dynamic glazing "reduces energy
loads, lowers peak demands power requirements, eliminates need for
blind/shade maintenance, reduces overall HVAC equipment requirements,
maintains occupants' view and connection to outdoors and enhances
buildings' sale and rental value."
The IGMA Educational Seminar was held over the last two days at
the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.