top of page

Smart Glass, Smarter Schools: Transforming Education with AI and IQ Radiant Glass® Technology

Smart Glass, Smarter Schools: Transforming Education with AI and IQ Radiant Glass® Technology

A Sept. 2022 study, from Schneider Electric demonstrated the significant impact of AI technology in the management of school buildings. Implemented across 624 school buildings, the AI solution reduced heating energy by 4%, electricity usage by 15%, CO2e emissions by 205 tonnes, and occupant complaints by 23% over approximately five months of winter operation. These improvements showcase the effectiveness of AI in enhancing building efficiency and occupant comfort in educational environments.

Enhancing AI with IQ Radiant Glass®

Direct Zone Heating: IQ Radiant Glass® allows each window unit to function as an independent heating zone, controllable via the building's AI system. This targeted approach enables precise heat delivery where and when it is needed, further improving energy efficiency. By focusing on areas around the windows, especially where occupants are located according to real school occupancy schedules, IQ Radiant Glass® effectively complements heat pumps, which typically work to maintain uniform temperature across large zones. This focused heating capability means that ambient temperatures can be reduced, leading to significant energy savings.

Efficiency and Comfort: With an impressive 95% efficiency in projecting radiant heat indoors, IQ Radiant Glass® not only complements the AI's efforts in reducing overall energy consumption but also minimizes the reliance on traditional heating systems. This method ensures that heat is not lost to ceilings, maintaining consistent temperatures at the occupant level.

Health and Safety: By avoiding the circulation of heated air, IQ Radiant Glass® eliminates common issues associated with forced air systems, such as dust, airborne pathogens, and mold. This is particularly beneficial in schools, where children's health is a priority. It also prevents dampness and condensation, reducing the risk of mold growth and creating a safer environment for those with asthma or allergies.

Quebec Hydro Study Insights on Heating Glass

The Quebec Hydro study highlighted that electrically heated windows like those offered by IQ Radiant Glass® reduce overall space heating demands while enhancing thermal comfort near windows—crucial during cold months when traditional windows might cause discomfort due to cold drafts.

Additional Benefits

Silent Operation: The silent nature of radiant heating eliminates noise from air movement, which can be a significant distraction in educational settings.

Space Optimization: The absence of radiators or floor vents allows more flexibility in classroom layout and furniture placement.

Maintenance Reduction: With fewer mechanical components, maintenance demands and operational costs are significantly reduced.

Energy Studies: Supporting studies, such as those conducted by KSU for IQRG, confirm the effectiveness of radiant glass in reducing energy demands, enhancing indoor air quality, and expanding the area of thermal comfort.

Traditional Windows: The IQ Radiant Glass window system can be retrofitted on the interior, saving on demolition and replacement costs associated with entire window units. Learn more about how we protect buildings from the elements with our innovative solutions.

By integrating IQ Radiant Glass® with AI-driven building management systems, schools can achieve a synergy that not only reduces operational costs but also significantly enhances comfort and health for building occupants.

This pioneering approach to sustainable building management can serve as a model for educational institutions worldwide, effectively reducing the workload of heat pumps and contributing to a more energy-efficient future.

1 view0 comments


bottom of page