Gare Maritime at Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium is set to be the first major Halio smart-tinting glass installation. Halio is rendered in clear and tinted states. © Halio International – Gare Maritime, Extensa.

Halio smart-tinting glass has been selected for use in the renovation of Gare Maritime, a turn-of-the-century commercial train station in Brussels, Belgium.

It is the first large scale deployment of Halio and will be produced at Kinestral Technologies’ new high-volume factory later this year. The factory is expected to produce several million square feet of Halio each year for the company’s projects at sizes up to 10 feet tall.

“Gare Maritime is the first of several orders to come this year,” says Craig Henricksen, vice president of marketing for Kinestral Technologies, the maker of Halio smart-tinting technologies.

The Gare Maritime project was secured by Halio International, one of the joint venture companies formed by Kinestral Technologies and AGC to be the exclusive providers of Halio smart-tinting glass to the building industry. According to the company, Extensa, an Ackermans & Van Haaren company and the developer of the project, selected Halio for the renovation primarily because the product helps them achieve their sustainability goals. Another benefit is that Halio uses technologies to ensure occupant comfort without covering up the original metal architecture with blinds and other daylighting techniques.

In its clear state, Halio is indistinguishable from conventional glass, making it ideal for renovation projects that aim to preserve architectural elements while taking advantage of advanced technologies, according to the company. Extensa will retain the art-nouveau wrought-iron framework of Gare Maritime to build a “covered town” with high-end offices, restaurants, retail and public spaces. Halio will be used in 600 windows for the building’s two large glass facades.