Glazing products that can change from transparent 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 completely customizable,” says Anthony Branscum, Vice President of Architectural Sales at Innovative Glass Corp in Plainview, NY. “Dynamic glass allows you to reduce daylight when it’s not optimal. Customers don’t have to rely on shades,” he says.
According to Branscum, these products are used to help solve common problems that are often encountered in buildings. “Dynamic glass controls the amount of heat to maximize seating in a restaurant without losing customers who are uncomfortable,” he says. “It’s practical. It’s 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 they’re very open to the use of these technologies. They know it’s 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 it’s hard for another product to relate.” US Glass Magazine