Preliminary Technology Assessment
What is This Technology?
Electrochromic (EC) windows switch from a clear to dark state with a small applied voltage, and promise to optimize daylighting, visual comfort, and solar heat gains without the need for blinds. Window tinting can be controlled manually (using a button or switch), or can be automated by programming sensors to respond to changing sunlight levels and heat conditions.
Why is GSA Interested?
EC windows can potentially reduce both heating and cooling loads, and improve the success of daylighting strategies. This project is a second phase of an assessment begun as part of GPG’s FY11 program, and will evaluate a next generation of electrochomic windows at a land port of entry representative of locations where visibility to the outside needs to be maintained at all times and the incumbent technology (blinds) hinders mission performance.
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