Smart glass, also known as electronically switchable glass, provides architects and interior designers with new ways to manage light, glare, and UV radiation.
In general, the glass transitions from transparent to translucent and vice versa, allowing light to pass through while blocking particular wavelengths of light.
The use of smart glass in both residential and commercial spaces have been increasing over the years. This is mainly due to the rising need for energy efficiency, light and heat control, privacy, controlled shading, and design innovation.
It is extremely robust and provides seclusion with the flip of a switch.
Its above-mentioned characteristics make it ideal for establishments such as restaurants, pubs, and business centres.
The most significant disadvantage of switchable or smart glass is its expensive cost, despite the energy savings it delivers.
The price varies from one manufacturer to the next, but you can expect to pay a minimum cost of $130 per sqm.
Although smart glass saves over 30% of household energy, it still requires grid electricity, which can be considered a drawback.
Smart glass cannot be used if electricity is not available in the home.
It is vital to have knowledge of both window installation and electrical installations in order to install smart glass.
As a result, the number of glaziers with the knowledge to install Smart Glass remains small.