EControl-Glas: dimmable glazing provides 180-degree solar control

2013-08-20 | Glazing / Insulating Glass

The research campus Berlin-Buch is one of the most important science and technology sites in Berlin-Brandenburg. The area, measuring about 320,000 square meters, is now the home of more than 50 research facilities, hospitals and biotech companies. This is also where internationally operating “Eckert & Ziegler AG” is located. Last year, just in time for its 20th anniversary, this specialist in medical applications for radioisotopes inaugurated its new company headquarters. The conference room, located in the elliptically shaped roof, projects 4.5 meters over the façade and features huge glass elements. In order to maintain the exceptional appearance of this part of the building, the owner and the architect decided against an external shading system and instead voted for dimmable solar control glass by EControl-Glas (Plauen, Germany). The solar factor and light transmission can now be individually adapted to the amount of solar irradiation.

The headquarters of Eckert & Ziegler uses dimmable solar control glass by EControl-Glas
180-degree solar control
The Eckert & Ziegler group is one of the worldwide largest manufacturers of radioactive components for medical, scientific and metrological applications, with locations in Great Britain, France, India and the United States. Due to increasing numbers in sales and employees, the company started a contest for a 5,000-square-meter extension of its headquarters at the biomedical science campus Berlin-Buch in 2011. The building owner stated one important requirement: the company logo ‒ an ellipse encased by a rectangle, had ‒ to be structurally integrated into the design. The Berlin architecture firm Hofmann Architekten won the bid with an energy-efficient building design featuring an exposed conference room in the geometrical shape of the logo. “With the extending roof and the rectangular, red-painted roof elements, the building is clearly recognizable as the Eckert & Ziegler headquarters, even from the air,” explains architect Jan Hofmann. The conference room, with all-around and nearly room-high glazing, offers a 180-degree view over the Berlin district of Buch.

Variable, aesthetic, effective: dimmable glazing
On a clear day, however, the approximately 60 square meters of façade glazing are exposed to direct sunlight almost all day long, due to their concavity and southern orientation. In order to keep the room from heating up as well as to prevent distracting glare, highly efficient solar protection was needed.
“A variable external shading system w...


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Year: 2013 number: 4
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