“We considered using permanently tinted windows, fritted glass, and mechanical shades, but Suntuitive glass offered the advantages of each without any compromises,” Ockaskis explained. “The glass naturally adjusts to provide the perfect tint to counteract outside conditions, while allowing the glass to be clear at night.”
Martin Betz, chief operating officer for Goodrich Quality Theaters, said the company’s goal was to create excitement and recapture the market by replacing a 40-year-old multiplex adjacent to the site with a new, energy-efficient building.
“Being a theater, visual experiences play a major role in our daily business,” Betz said. “It all starts in our lobby, where we welcome guests. We wanted a glass façade so that passersby could see the architecture and activity going on inside the building, but at the same time, we wanted the lobby to be a comfortable space with abundant natural daylight.
“Suntuitive glass was new to us, but after operating the theater through winter and summer, I’m happy to say the self-tinting glass has been a complete success, exceeding our expectations,” Betz said. “It has helped us control our utility costs and added to the contemporary design of our building.”
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In this blog, the staff at Pleotint is playing the role of “mythbusters,” and debunking three common myths about thermochromic glass.
Windows are your view to the outside world, and are an integral part of your home or office’s design and efficiency. So, it’s important that they are working the best that they can for you. Unfortunately, older windows are notoriously inefficient and do not have the low-e coatings, gas-filled cavities, or dynamic components that can be found on the market today.
If you’re starting to doubt the performance of your windows, ask yourself some questions. Is your home or office hot in the summer and cold in the winter? Is it difficult to maintain a consistent indoor temperature? Do you feel a draft, or hear howling when it’s windy outside? Are your windows painted shut? Are they single-pane?
If you answered yes to any of these, then it may be time to upgrade. Not only can new windows resolve these issues, but they also provide you with a multitude of other benefits. For example, new windows:
Are you looking for new windows, or do you have some questions? Let us know. We’d like to help you put the view back into your windows!
Have you ever looked out of a window and wondered if there was a better way to control solar heat gain, glare, and sunlight, rather than installing permanently tinted glass or blinds? Dynamic glass is the answer.
There are several dynamic glass technologies on the market, but the two that you’re most likely to encounter are passive (thermochromic), which adapts naturally to changing environmental conditions, and active (electrochromic), which uses electrical intervention to tint. Our Suntuitive interlayer falls under the thermochromic category.
While the dynamic glass industry has been around for a while, it has only recently started to gain popularity. One of the biggest obstacles facing the industry is the cost-prohibitive nature of the technology, but new advances in manufacturing and funding are lowering the costs. Despite the upfront investment, green building professionals are recognizing the many benefits of dynamic glass and are incorporating it in homes, offices, and even retail stores. Here are just a few of the benefits:
Put the view in
You put windows in a wall to be able to see outside. Dynamic glass enhances that experience by optimizing indoor comfort, views, and daylighting, while blocking heat generated from sunlight, glare, and ultraviolet light without obtrusive window shades or other sun-blocking devices.
Go green, save green
When paired with low-e glass in an insulating glass unit, windows featuring a dynamic component, such as our Suntuitive interlayer, help lower heating-, cooling-, and lighting-related energy costs. What’s more, because you reduce the load on the HVAC equipment, you usually can reduce the size and cost of the unit.
No special requirements
With all that dynamic glass has to offer, you’d think installation is complicated. In reality, installing windows featuring our Suntuitive interlayer is the same as any other traditional window system.
Here at Pleotint, we want to help you put the view back in your windows. To learn more about the benefits of dynamic glass, visit our website.
Daylighting is the process of optimizing the natural light coming into a building. Whether in a home or office, a daylighting system incorporates windows, skylights, and advanced lighting controls to reduce the use of artificial lighting and energy consumption.
Window orientation and the glass configuration are important factors in the effectiveness and efficiency of daylighting. Windows featuring low-e glass and a dynamic component, such as our Suntuitive interlayer, not only maximize natural daylight and preserve views, but they also reduce glare, solar heat gain in the summer months, and heat loss during the winter months.
While the initial cost of installing a daylighting system can be expensive, the benefits of using natural light will outweigh the initial costs. Here are four quick benefits of utilizing natural light:
Replace artificial light – A well-conceived daylighting system can be used in place of electric light for 70 to 80 percent of daylight hours.
Save money on energy costs – Electric lighting accounts for 20 percent of a building’s energy use on average. In addition, because lights emit heat, reducing their use can reduce energy used to cool a building by 10 to 20 percent. By implementing a daylighting system, up to one-third of a building’s overall energy costs can be eliminated.
Boost overall well-being - Even though many home and building owners are initially attracted to the potential energy savings, numerous studies have quantified how daylighting strategies improve:
· Comfort in homes;
· Attendance and test scores in schools;
· Productivity in offices;
· Recovery time in hospitals; and
· Sales in retail stores.
Help the environment – Since power plants burn coal, oil, or gas to produce electricity, the widespread use of daylighting can conserve fossil fuels and dramatically reduce greenhouse gases and pollution. How much of an impact? A big-box retailer that implemented daylighting strategies was able to cut 618,200 pounds of carbon dioxide, 1,793 pounds of nitrogen oxides, and 1,706 pounds of sulfur dioxide from its emissions at just one of its stores over the course of a year.
To learn more on how the Suntuitive interlayer can enhance your daylighting system, please visit www.Suntuitive.com. Daylighting
Welcome to our blog! Since this is our first post, we wanted to provide a little insight into our company and how we developed the Suntuitive interlayer.
Our past – On a sunny day in 1997, Dr. Harlan Byker, an inventor with nearly 55 U.S. patents, was sitting in a conference room that had become uncomfortably warm due to the sun blazing through a bank of regular, fixed-tint windows.
This sparked an idea. Harlan, who devised the original chemistry used in electrochromic devices, vowed to create a similar technology that could be used in windows. Thus, he founded Pleotint, LLC, with the goal of creating sunlight-responsive, self-tinting dynamic glass.
A new thermochromic technology known as the Suntuitive interlayer was developed, the first commercially available interlayer for laminated glass in North America that gradually darkens in response to rising temperatures caused by direct sunlight, then cools as the sun moves across the sky, returning to a clear, neutral state in cloudy or dark environmental conditions.
Our present – Today, from our home in Jenison, Mich., just south of Grand Rapids, we manufacture the Suntuitive interlayer and work with customers on a case-by-case basis to solve their glazing challenges and to determine which glass construction will best meet their needs and budgets.
As a result, the Suntuitive interlayer has been installed in more than 60 locations around the world and many more projects are already in the works!
Whether you are a business owner looking to create a more comfortable environment for your employees, or a homeowner looking to protect your interior furnishings, we believe you deserve to enjoy your views; minimize your needs for blinds, shades, or curtains; and benefit from natural daylighting.
What are the benefits of daylighting, you ask? We’ll discuss those in our next blog. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about Pleotint, Dr. Byker, or the Suntuitive interlayer, we invite you to visit our website by clicking here.
Dynamic Insights Blog
A blog for the latest happenings and general information about the dynamic glass industry including topics on daylighting, energy efficiency and green building tips