Smart Windows Installed at NREL
The installation of RavenWindow smart window technology was recently completed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Research Support Facility (RSF) on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
The self-tinting heat-activated filter allows solar heat into the building when it is desired, such as on a sunny winter day. Then, it blocks the sun when it’s not desired, such as on a hot summer day. Unlike window blinds, when the window is in the tinted state and blocking solar heat from entering the building, the occupants still can see outside and enjoy the view. Because of the energy savings, reduced glare and increased occupant comfort provided by managing the solar heat gain, the window swill also be installed at the RSF expansion wing, to be completed in late 2011.
“We are very pleased to have concluded the first ever installation of RavenWindow technology, and we could not have asked for a better first customer,” said Alex Burney, CEO of RavenBrick LLC.
“By adopting RavenWindow in this prestigious building, DOE and NREL have made a significant contribution to the creation of vital jobs in the clean-tech economy. This is an encouraging example of the merits of public and private sector partnership,” added Burney. BD+C