Daylighting is here and thanks to rapid advances in glass technology and glazing it has become a major influence on consumer interest.
One of the biggest juggling acts for architects and engineers is to flood their spaces with natural light without admitting excessive solar heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause discomfort, fade interior materials, and drive up HVAC-related energy costs.
Whether it’s on the exterior or separating conference rooms from hallways, windows that offer the right balance of visible light transmittance, reflectance, solar control, manageability, maintenance – and, of course, cost – can make a world of difference in a home, retail store or office building.
Perfection would be for glass to allow in 100% of the light but remove all of the UV and heat.
Eastman Chemical, the leader in nano-ceramic technology and Low E insulating window films have made terrific strides toward achieving these improvements.
VISTA has introduced an 80% nano-ceramic film with a 44% total solar energy rejected and of course Huper Optik has a wide range of light transmissions from 20% to 70% visible light transmission films.
Fully half of your home energy bill is the result of heat loss or gain through glass, making solar control films particularly crucial to the ongoing costs and conservation capabilities of homeowners.
The goal is to allow clear light into the home without altering the hue of the light.
Natural light maintains the color scheme and ambiance.