Researcher Dr. Glen Bremmar at the University of British Colombia has developed a dynamic glazed, or more commonly known as “smart glass”. This smart glass is sensitive to thermochromism (heat), photochromism (light), and electrochemical oxidisation (electricity) and can change colour when stimulated by these energies. The material change when will go through a chemical change once stimulated making a screen that can be affected autonomously controlling the heat and light intensity of a room, as well as be controlled by electricity for custom modification. This could be applied to buildings and offices helping to maintain heat levels and light intensity without air conditioning and blinds. This could have large economic and environmental advantages as it will greatly reduce energy used for ‘building homeostasis’ with an entirely sustainable option. At the moment Dr. Glen Bremmar is working on making the glass monochrome, turning it grey rather than blue, as it is a more neutral colour which does not disturb the environment. He is also working on making the price of the material cheaper, as at the moment the dynamic glazed glass is 500 to 1000 USD per square meter whilst regular glass ranges from 30 to 200 USD per square meter. Making the dynamic glazed glass the pricier option yet the more energy efficient one.

Credits:

  • ubcpublicaffairs
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XzDSsTxXYI
  • Science daily https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180308143049.htm
  • UBC http://www.ampel.ubc.ca/controlling-light-transmission-recent-developments-in-smart-windows-at-switch-materials-inc-dr-glen-bremner/