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University of Texas Researchers Seek More Energy Efficient Windows

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Monday, July 27, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin is developing technology for creating smart windows that increases energy efficiency and improves comfort by empowering building occupants to interact more directly with their indoor environment.

Using newly created materials, building occupants can apply small amounts of voltage that allow windows to transmit light without transferring heat or to block light while allowing heat transmission.

Such developments are important for the fenestration product industry.

The bulk of our energy consumption comes from seeking the balance among comfort energy efficiency and good indoor air quality.

Encouraging more interaction between occupants and the built environment helps them better understand how their actions affect their surroundings and their utility bills.

In the future, the highest-performing buildings may not be those that initially exceed code. Instead they may be the ones that provide an engaging environment where occupants share responsibility for managing energy consumption.

In fact making buildings perform better depends on educated and committed occupants who proactively interact directly with the buildings they inhabit.

Contact Tom Herron, NFRC’s Director, Communications and Marketing for more information about understanding fenestration product energy performance.

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