Asian Property Review talks to David Yim, Sales & Marketing Senior Manager, Halio International on smart tinting.

Q1: Please elaborate on the changing landscape of smart-tinting glass in Asia Pacific.

With most building envelopes covered by glass, there is more demand for high-performance glass. However, this poses a challenge to most glass suppliers to provide higher visible light transmission glass while effectively blocking heat and glare. Smart building solutions like Halio smart-tinting glass is one way forward to meet such increasing demands expected from glass facades and skylights.

Using next-generation electrochromic (EC) technology, Halio uses electricity to control the window tint ondemand, doing away with the need for external shading devices such as mechanical louvres, blinds, curtains and shades. Building occupants benefit from a seamless glass facade appearance, undisturbed views of the skyline, and indoor comfort with improved thermal and visual comfort. The intangible benefits of smart-tinting glass include improved health and well-being through the improved ability to control glare and increase thermal comfort.

The tangible benefit is the potential economic returns that can be planned early in the building design and balance of systems. By viewing the entire life cycle of how a building can integrate EC technology, Halio can replace the cost of installing blinds, curtains, external shades and also in the operation of the building. Greater savings from lighting as well as heating and cooling will also work out to energy savings for the building.

Q2: How to integrate with building management systems to automate window tinting based on time of day, temperature, space, air-conditioning to optimize energy efficiency?

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