How do Eyrise Liquid Crystal Smart-glass Windows Work?
Dynamic Glazing Solutions
Visual comfort, thermal comfort and energy savings
In buildings, it is always important to ensure the comfort and wellbeing of occupants. Natural light and uninterrupted views of the outdoors can improve productivity, focus and creativity of occupants. Reducing thermal variations to a minimum is of great importance for the same reasons, since even minor temperature changes can impact human comfort.
Today, glazing for buildings is still dominated by the use of mechanical sun protection devices such as blinds and shades, which actually block the views of the outside and prevent natural light entering the building. Blinds cannot keep pace with rapid changing weather conditions and are vulnerable to wind. They need to be constantly controlled manually and are expensive to install and maintain. By using a Dynamic Glazing solution – sometimes referred to as switchable glass, dynamic shading or intelligent glass – the glazing tints itself dynamically, adapting to varying light conditions to offer instantaneous visual and thermal comfort to the building’s occupants.
Leading product solutions
Guardian Glass has partnered with Merck, a leading science and technology company, to offer customers in Europe Merck’s eyrise® range of dynamic liquid crystal windows. eyrise® windows perfectly complement Guardian’s high performance glass solutions particularly the Guardian SunGuard® range of advanced solar control glass products.
Best-in-class dynamic glass
Compared to other dynamic glazing solutions available in the market, eyrise® has the fastest switching speed, best colour rendering, is easier to install and is based on Merck’s licrivision® liquid crystal technology, reliable and omnipresent in everyday LCD screens.
How do eyrise® windows work?
At the heart of eyrise® windows is Merck licrivision® technology, a transparent liquid crystal mixture added with specific dye molecules tailored to the colour needs of the application. Prompted by low voltage, the mixture molecules of this liquid crystal cell change orientation and therefore regulate the amount of light and heat passing through.
With eyrise® windows and Guardian SunGuard® solar control glass, a complete range of solutions with unparallel aesthetics for structural facades is now available. View the video below to find out more about how eyrise® windows work:
Key Benefits of Dynamic Glazing Solution
Improves the value of the building/green building certification adds value
- For building owners, green or wellness building certifications such as BREEAM, LEED, WELL can help to achieve higher rents and greater occupancy levels than lower ranked buildings. Tenants are usually willing to pay a premium for this.
Energy efficiency – reduced overheads and running costs
- Provides possibility for energy savings through optimised G-value, particularly in terms of reduced cooling (air conditioning) running costs for the building.
Improves users’ visual comfort / higher occupant productivity
- Reduces diffused and reflected sun glare.
- Eliminates or greatly reduces the need for mechanical blinds or shades
Improves users’ thermal comfort
- Optimised solar control performance with fast adaption to changing light conditions and the G-value.
eyrise® S350 in Action
Reducing the need for traditional blinds or shades
The primary functions of eyrise® windows are to provide immediate shading comfort, reduced sun glare, improved thermal comfort, while allowing plenty of natural light and preserving views of the outside.
We can help you make it happen
Guardian Glass’ experienced team is perfectly placed to help you find the best dynamic glazing solution to fulfill the aesthetic and performance requirements of your unique application, including how to integrate dynamic glazing into a total façade solution. If you would like to learn more about our dynamic glazing solution or if you have specific questions about your project, please contact your local Guardian Glass expert.