The smart windows concept is an emerging product concept that is of high interest for use in residential and commercial buildings, as well as in vehicles. The smart windows technology offers high growth opportunities for coating developers, who provide intelligent coating systems that can be applied on existing window panes. Smart window coatings facilitate blocking incoming infrared radiation from the sun in warm weather conditions, heat retention inside a room during cold seasons. They are also widely used as replacements for curtains, heaters, and lighting. The need for energy consuming processes are therefore eliminated, hence enabling consumers to uphold sustainable practices in their daily lives. Future improvements in the price-performance ratio of smart window coatings would pave the path for high adoption of the technology.
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Keywords: Smart windows, energy efficiency, nanoparticle coating, low-emissivity coating, smart window films