The idea of the “home of the future” usually contrasts with the idea of environmental responsibility. The perception of technology being detrimental to ecologicial stability is slowly being replaced with the advent of smart technologies such as Suspended Particle Device or SPD glass.
What is SPD Glass?
In the area of light control, there are three main technologies: polymer liquid crystal devices (PDLC), suspended particle devices (SPD) and Electro chromic devices (EC). All three may be used to produce smart glass, which is described as a glass that can change its light transmission when a voltage is applied. In a nutshell these technologies control the opacity of glass via a control method (sensors, remotes, wall switches etc) to regulate the amount of light allowed to pass through it. SPD is generally the technology of choice for use in external or solar control windows because of its reliability, price, performance, and manufacturing advantages and aesthetics.
Energy and Lighting Costs
In terms of home and office environment SPD glass facades, windows and skylights can be used to more efficiently reduce the need for air conditioning during the summer months and heating during winter.
The ability to instantly switch the glass to maximize daylight when it’s really needed and to provide controllable solar shading during peak light conditions is valuable and unique. SPD Glass has even advanced to the stage where light sensors can automatically adjust the opacity of the glass according to programmed settings. This low energy electric current saves overall temperature control and lighting costs and also reduced carbon emissions related to building maintenance.
Hygiene and Health
These SPD glass panels provide a hygienic alternative to curtains and blinds as they do not trap bacteria, grime and dust. Easily cleaned surfaces mean both a savings on cleaning agents and a cleaner environment for homeowners and building owners. Taking advantage of healthy natural lighting without the glare is the smart way to reduce eye strain and protect the skin from UV damage.
Professionally manufactures Suspended Particle Device technologies such as SPD glass utilise a highly durable, solid-state technology with no moving parts to wear out or break. Sun damage such a fading carpets, artwork and furniture is also greatly reduced making your interiors last longer. If you combine this interior longevity with the longevity of the physical glass itself you have a winning combination for your pocket and for the environment.