The Potential of Switchable Glazing in Cooling Dominated Climates

Etienne Magri, Vincent Buhagiar, Mauro Overend

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The design trend of most commercial and office buildings over the past three decades focused on attaining a façade design with the highest possible window to wall ratio. Whereas this approach appears to satisfy the aesthetic scope of developing buildings that look ‘modern and transparent’ to maximise on real estate value, the demand for heating and cooling of these buildings tends to fall short of what one should expect. Literature review shows the possible benefits of switchable glass. This paper proposes a methodology for a novel switchable glazing assembly identified as having the potential of offering increased occupant comfort, particularly in providing sufficient daylight and glare control without diminishing the view quality. The hypothesis is that switchable glazing may have a substantial potential to achieve lower cooling loads and improved indoor visual comfort without compromising views and a positive outlook.

Original languageEnglish
Article number132005
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event2023 International Conference on the Built Environment in Transition, CISBAT 2023 - Hybrid, Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 13 Sept 202315 Sept 2023


  • design trends
  • glazing
  • cooling
  • Switchable coatings
  • switchable glass


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