A new office building planned in Philadelphia will use photochromic glass. The windows will tint automatically to reduce glare and solar heat gain. The building, known as 3.0 University Place, will open in early 2018. The 189,000 square foot building’s windows will have sensors that detect the level of ambient light and tint to reduce glare and heat buildup.
The windows, made by SageGlass, can also tint via remote control, to better suit the preferences of building occupants. Photochromic glass won’t be the building’s only energy-saving trick. The structure will feature solar panels on the roof and a rainwater collection and purification system for water use inside the building. The building will be the third in a planned development of six buildings that all feature energy-conserving, environmentally friendly operational techniques.
The Steward Partnership, the buildings’ developer, is seeking LEED Platinum certification for 3.0 University Place. Platinum LEED certification According to the developer, the building does not yet have an anchor tenant, but several Fortune 500 companies are in talks to occupy the space when it is complete.
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