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Application of large-area chromogenics to architectural glazings
Author(s): Stephen E. Selkowitz
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Paper Abstract

Glass plays a significant role in the design of building envelopes today. Since its emergence during the last century as a major building material, glass has evolved into an ubiquitous and versatile building design element, performing functions today that would have been unimaginable a few years ago. The optical clarity and transparency of glass that we take for granted is one of its most unique features. Glass windows keep out the cold wind and rain without blocking the view, but also perform many more complex functions which require variable properties and tradeoffs between conflicting conditions. The glazing that provides view must also provide visual privacy at other times and must sometimes become totally opaque (for audiovisual shows, for example). Transparent glass admits daylight, providing good color rendition and offsetting electric lighting energy needs, but it can also create discomfort and disability glare conditions. The sun provides desirable warmth in winter but its heat is unwelcome in summer when it contributes to thermal discomfort and cooling energy requirements. And glass is an important element in the appearance and aesthetics of a building, both interior and exterior.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 1990
PDF: 24 pages
Proc. SPIE 10304, Large-Area Chromogenics: Materials and Devices for Transmittance Control, 1030403 (28 March 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.2283606
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Stephen E. Selkowitz, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10304:
Large-Area Chromogenics: Materials and Devices for Transmittance Control
Carl M. Lampert; Claes-Göran Granqvist, Editor(s)

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