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Electrochromic Glazing – Dynamic Control of Solar Energy

Electrochromic glazing is electronically tintable and programmable glass that allows the highest possible dynamic control of solar heat and light through windows, while preserving the natural light and views to the outside that are essential to human health and performance.

Lighting, heating and cooling consume at least 65 percent of the energy used in a typical building, and effectively controlling solar heat gain has a major impact on all three factors. This course details how electrochromic glazing works as a dynamic energy valve, to meter, regulate and make optimum use of solar energy coming into a building. Animations of electrochromic glazing working in real spaces illustrate creative designs using zoning, variable tinting, and control strategies based on daylighting, scheduling, glare control and flexible overrides for occupant needs.

Even many ambitious daylighting designs intended to bring natural light into spaces are undermined or even negated by occupants dealing with heat, glare and discomfort. Electrochromic glazing offers unique opportunities for creating a productive, sustainable space that responds dynamically to its occupants and to changing conditions, inside and outside, throughout the day, the year and the life of the building.

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You can take this course and follow along at your own pace. Speed up, slow down, or stop now and finish later. Click "Take the Course Test" to go straight to the test and earn your credits. You'll know immediately if you have earned credits and you will be able to print out your certificate of completion instantly.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the impact of glazing on energy consumption in buildings and compare available solutions.
  • Analyze the energy and environmental benefits of electrochromic dynamic glazing.
  • Examine the sustainability and human factor aspects of electrochromic dynamic glazing in buildings, in addition to energy savings.
  • Recognize key considerations in designing and specifying electrochromic glazing to achieve maximum performance, including potential contribution to LEED points.

AIA logo Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW

This course was approved by the GBCI for 1 GBCI credit hour(s) for LEED Credential Maintenance.

Course Outline:

This course is a presentation designed to earn you 1.00 AIA/CES Learning Unit. Use the onscreen controls to pace the presentation to your liking, and then click "Take the Course Test" to take the exam for this course and earn your credit.

This test is no longer available for credit


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