Arizona-headquartered Glass Dyenamics announced that it has installed self-darkening and undarkening windows on a home, marking the first time such sophisticated technology has been applied for residential uses.
Glass Dyenamics, in collaboration with the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), announces the first residential installation of advanced dynamic glass technology, which is glass that tints and untints upon application of an electric charge. The installation demonstrates fundamental materials science innovation, which has resulted in vastly simplified product manufacturing and consumer affordability.
A recent study by the NREL and Berkeley Lab indicates that the adoption of dynamic windows in residential applications can avoid 78 million metric tons of CO² emissions annually by 2030. The report stated that this is equivalent to 9.4 million homes’ energy use for an entire year or representing over $19 billion in utility bill savings.
It was explained that the tint of electrochromic windows can be controlled on demand through an electric signal. The window can become darker to keep sunlight out and clear to provide better views, illumination, and passive solar heat gain. This dynamic control allows EC windows to provide substantial energy savings.