UNSUSTAINABLE: Windows

Photo credit: Kenrick Baksh
Source: Glass for Europe/IEA workshop (2011)
Source: Infraspection Institute
Source: Brzezicki (2021): A Systematic Review of the Most Recent Concepts in Smart Windows Technologies with a Focus on Electrochromics
  • Optical performance: Low optical contrast and long response time. Long switching times can create user discomfort and glare
  • Colour suitability: Blue and brown light materials influence the colour perception in the room
  • Suitability for hot climates: Tungsten oxide can cause glass to overheat to the point where it’s too hot to touch
  • Cost: Smart window solutions are typically between 2–10x the cost of traditional windows
  • Lack of industry standards: There are currently no unified industry standards to compare different technologies, which limits the accuracy of comparisons.

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