One of the most attractive features glass can offer as a building material is that it can be combined with different technologies to provide a high-performance product. Consider, for example, an interlayer material that can be used for not only energy performance, but also offer a means of security.

Curtis Liposcak with Pleotint discussed opportunities with dynamic glass beyond energy performance.
Curtis Liposcak with Pleotint discusses opportunities with dynamic glass beyond energy performance.

Curtis Liposcak with Pleotint LLC offered a look at “Smart Windows for New Dimensions in Safety Glass,” today during Glass Performance Days (GPD), taking place in Tampere, Finland. His company offers a system of self-tinting thermochromic glazing. The product, designed to offer energy savings and performance, also provides a level of safety and protection that you might not think about in dynamic glass.

While the thermochromic windows provide UV protection to resist fading of furnishings, for example, that’s not the only protective feature. With this type of glass, he said, it eliminates the need for blinds and shades, providing a clear line of sight to what may be happening outside.

“We’re doing more [work] in schools than anywhere else,” said Liposcak, explaining not only can teachers, school guards and administrators see out, but so can the children, making them also aware of what’s going on.

Another feature that has been important to some schools is the acoustical benefits this type of window can provide.

In addition to educational facilities, Liposcak said the second biggest application has been in convenience stores. The energy performance keeps the interior cool, while also providing employees views to the outside, ensuring a clear line of sight to the gas pumps, for example.

Some presentations also took an artistic look at glass and how it can be used in architecture and design. Artist Mery Crystal Ra of Crystal Energy Oy, talked about some of the art glass projects she has created. Her presentation examined synergy of light, glass, video, digital printing and luminescent inspiration.

In her research and studies around working with light, she actually stayed underground for two years. Her studies in this case were to better understand how the human body reacts to light.

The use of art glass, she said, can give a sense of meaning to different settings. With the “artist’s handwriting,” as she called it, there’s the possibility to show something unique.

She talked about how art glass provides an energy and synergy between people, commenting that collaborating with glass, light and space can bring sensitivity to the surroundings.

GPD 2015 wraps up today. Stay tuned to™ for our continuing video coverage from the event.