Self-tinting glass for conservatories

Clayton Glass has launched Smartglass Dynamic, the industry’s first automatically self-tinting, glass technology for conservatories, orangeries and other glazing elements.

This new glass technology can be handled in the same way as any other glass unit, is simple to install and will be manufactured in any shape within 10-14 days. The company also said it is also at an acceptable price point from the installation company’s point of view and that of tech savvy consumers looking for the latest must have product.  

In the middle of summer Smartglass Dynamic will change from a clear state in the morning to a deep blue during the day where solar control and light shading is needed most, yet as the unit cools will go back to clear at the end of the day and into the night. At all other times of day and season, this glass will offer various semi-tinted states, depending upon surface temperature of the glass. In it’s clear state, this glass technology offers a similar light transmission to a standard clear glass unit.

From a technical perspective the solar factor (g-value) of Smartglass Dynamic varies from 10% to 34%, boasting light transmission of 6%-60% and offers a U-value of 1.2W/m2K. From a solar control standpoint, it is claimed to offer the best performance of any conservatory roof glass in the UK and with many standard roof glass offerings only able to achieve a g-value of 40%.

Clayton Glass has also developed a Smartglass Dynamic sample kit. This handy sized, working interactive marketing tool, highlights the characteristics of this glass technology.

Jason McCabe, commercial and site director of Clayton Glass, said: “This is quite simply the most exciting glass development to hit the conservatory and domestic glazing markets I’ve seen in my career. It’s commercially viable from a manufacturing, installation and sales and marketing perspective and we’re expecting considerable interest in the product.”