Glassworks Office, Victoria
|PRODUCT||Suntuitive® Solar Responsive Thermochromic glass|
|SPECS||Suntuitive lam (6mm Crystal Grey / PVB / 6mm Clear) |
|ARCHITECT / BUILDER||Schiavello Constructions|
The first Australian installation of Suntuitive® Solar Responsive Thermochromic glass, Glassworks office – located in Dandenong South – incorporates 1800m2 of the product and the building has been reaping the benefits of this dynamic glass ever since.
Suntuitive® was put to the ultimate test during a Victorian summer heat wave in February 2013 and proved why it’s the superior glazing product for thermal comfort and energy savings.
“The Suntuitive technology uses the sun’s own energy to cause the tinting of the window,’ says Michael Gleeson from Glassworks. ‘As the sun strikes the window it absorbs and adapts the tint level based solely on the amount of direct sunlight, thereby reducing heat gain.”
As temperatures soared above 40 degrees in Melbourne that summer, the Glassworks head office commissioned an engineer to measure the actual performance of their building.
The results from the commissioned experiment were encouraging for the Glassworks team, supported by the engineer’s performance report.
The reports found that when the outside ambient temperature of 42.5 degrees Celsius hit at 3:30pm, the external glass temperature rose to 77.3 with the internal glass temperature keeping its cool at 33.5. This enabled the building to be air conditioned at around 24 degrees C as normal.
“A Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of a mere 0.07 was also reported at this time, compared with a SHGC of 0.58 for commonly installed 6mm Grey tinted glass,” Gleeson reports.
No discomfort was experienced by employees inside who were able to work the full day as usual right by the window without blinds, resulting in reduced power bills and increased productivity than would be expected.
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