Glazing products that can change from clear to opaque are becoming more and more common for not only daylighting, but also to control heat and glare. Everyone wants more daylighting, and dynamic glass is tunable and completely customizable, says Anthony Branscum, vice president of architectural sales with Innovative Glass Corp. in Plainview, N.Y. Dynamic glass allows you to reduce daylight when its not optimal. Customers dont have to rely on shades, he says.
According to Branscum, these products are used to help solve common problems buildings often encounter. Dynamic glass controls the amount of heat to maximize seating in a restaurant without losing service to people who are uncomfortable, he says. Its practical. Its being used in a lot of university facades, smart classrooms, hospitals, large atriums and in corporate buildings. Branscum says he has been working directly with dynamic glass for seven years, and the demand is growing every day.
Architects are incorporating more glass into their designs, and theyre very open to the use of these technologies. They know its available for open floor plans with all glass offices to get daylight and privacy glass when they need the quick switch, he says. Architects are using it in so many ways that its hard for another product to relate. US Glass Magazine