Connected Glazing

Lead Research Organisation: University of Cambridge
Department Name: Engineering


By 2035, the UK's building stock is expected to deliver 78% reduction in total carbon emissions from 2019 levels. Implementation of effective retrofits that yield both embodied and operational energy savings is thus critical. Glazing systems constitute a key element of a building as they are essential for a visual, safe, and thermally comfortable indoor environment. At the same time, they are also responsible for significant heat gains/losses. Indeed, there have been wide-ranging advancements in highly efficient and responsive glazing systems that harness new materials and IoT. The energy saving potential of these advancements has been evidenced across new-build but is yet to be leveraged in building retrofits -- partly because design solutions must conform to additional constraints of an existing structure, but also because lack of their integration and harmonisation with the wider energy and environmental management of buildings.
The principal objective of this project is to optimize responsive glazing systems for retrofitting buildings. The optimisation will consider glazing systems as a connected intelligent component of a wider and integrated retrofit strategy, and optimise for cost, operational energy savings, embodied carbon, and human comfort. A second objective is to investigate the concept of 'intelligence through glass' and 'transparent intelligence' with respect to enabling technologies (e.g., electronic interaction and sensing capability in conjunction with Artificial Intelligence) in the context of energy retrofitting.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/Y528699/1 01/10/2023 30/09/2028
2891652 Studentship EP/Y528699/1 01/10/2023 30/09/2027 Danny Lockwood