California: Energy-Efficient Glass Saves Energy Costs, Increases Personal Comfort
|Positive Impact:||EERE's investment in View, Inc. has helped with the development of View Dynamic Glass—windows that adjust their tint, lightening and darkening with the sunlight.|
|EERE Investment:||$3.46 million|
|Clean Energy Sector:||Energy-saving homes, buildings, and manufacturing|
From 2010 to 2011, EERE invested in Soladigm, Inc., an energy-efficient buildings materials company, as one of 14 selections for projects focused on advancing windows and envelope component technologies to enhance energy savings and performance. Now known as View, Inc., the company is deploying its patented View Dynamic Glass. Currently used in windows at the W Hotel in San Francisco, this smart glass material constantly adjusts its tint, lightening and darkening with the sunlight. This technology is similar to transition eyeglasses in that it changes with outside lighting. View Inc. was able to demonstrate this technology on a much larger scale, laying a foundation for use in future building design. View's window designs are decreasing energy costs and improving quality of life by decreasing glares and helping to control internal temperatures. View is also creating green jobs—employing 100 people at its headquarters in Milpitas, California, and another 150 at its Olive Branch, Mississippi, plant. As of June 2012, View has secured $125 million to date in venture capital for the project.
The Buildings Technologies Office leads a vast network of research and industry partners to continually develop innovative, cost-effective energy saving solutions—better products, better new homes, better ways to improve older homes, and better buildings in which we work, shop, and lead our everyday lives.
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