Daylight and view are two of the fundamental attributes of
a window. Unfortunately, windows are also the source of significant
solar heat gain during times when it is unwanted. Traditional
solutions to reducing solar heat gain such as tinted glazing
or shades mean that the amount of light is reduced as well.
New glazings with low-solar-gain Low-E (spectrally selective)
coatings can provide better solar heat gain reduction than tinted
glass, with a minimal loss of visible light. This also means
that views can be clearer and unobstructed.
Collaborative, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture,
Twin Cities Campus, University of Minnesota