Recently, an alliance was formed between two companies in the construction products sector with the aim of collaborating on an innovative project aimed at optimizing the energy efficiency of homes. This initiative, called “Zero Window”, constitutes a first on a global scale. It promises not only to reduce energy costs, but also to reduce dependence on carbon emissions. Let’s take a closer look at this promising project.
When thermal insulation meets solar energy
As a reminder, electricity production causes significant greenhouse gas emissions.
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A large number of countries still operate intensively the power plants by using fossil fuels such as gas and coal.
Naturally, any initiative aimed at reducing this dependence is welcome. This is where companies LuxWall (United States) and ClearVue (Australia) enters the game.
In an era where photovoltaic panels and wind turbines are booming, their initiative, called “Zero Window”, plans tocombine the effect of thermal insulation with that of solar energy production.
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As stated in a communicated published on January 17, 2024, the Zero Window plans tointegrate clear photovoltaic glazing from ClearVue as well as LuxWall’s optimized vacuum-insulated double glazing.
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The concrete objective of this initiative is toensuring optimal insulation of buildings while simultaneously producing electricity from solar energy to reduce the use of heating or air conditioning systems.
Tests carried out at SkyLab in Singapore demonstrated that ClearVue technology generates energy from clear glassleading to a “ significant reduction of 22.8% in solar heat gain “.
As for LuxWall technologyShe uses vacuum insulation to create high energy performance glazing modules, reducing heating costs by up to 45%.
This partnership results in new photovoltaic glazing which thermally outperforms all market alternativesthus becoming the most promising glazing solution in the world.
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This product presents unique features such as low heat gain, high optical transparency and efficient power generation.
Zero Window is likely to generate strong demand among architects and real estate developers looking for alternatives to reduce energy consumption and obtain the best LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications, a North American label guaranteeing the high environmental quality of a building in terms of the materials used.
The Zero Window™ prototype will be unveiled at the American Institute of Architects Architecture and Design Conference in Washington, DC, in June 2024 (AIA24).