College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Tom Kommer, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


In recent years, sustainability in construction has become the focus of how the industry can progress with minimal environmental impact. As sustainability certifications become more desirable, key companies in the construction industry have started to seek greener alternatives to standard building systems. There are many sustainable products that are released, but these products are typically so complex that members of the industry are not familiar with these new systems. One novel piece of technology introduced to the industry is electrochromic glass, or smart glass. Electrochromic glass windows examine sunlight and heat exposure from the surrounding environment and change their opacity to maximize utility of the natural environment and increase indoor environmental quality. This report will determine the feasibility, advantages, and disadvantages of utilizing electrochromic glass windows in commercial construction projects. The primary focus of this report is a Return on Investment (ROI) comparison between three smart glass manufacturers. Currently, there is very limited data on the effectiveness of this technology as it only appeared in the industry in 2010. Through conducting interviews with several smart glass suppliers and material data analysis, the most current implications of electrochromic technology in commercial construction have been compared and analyzed in this report.

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