Stay ahead with smart tech
Without a doubt, the future of windows and doors is evolving to include a range of technologies that previously have had little to do with fenestration, and it’s important to embrace these technologies early in order to expand and secure your market.
Examples include the automatic operation of fenestration products and integrated security, locking and alarm systems. There are also plans for electrochromic, thermochromic and photochromic glazing controls, as well as automated shading systems for dynamic control of solar gain and daylighting, and for Zero Net Energy buildings with power sources (such as photovoltaics) and associated control systems integrated into windows.
Even the integration of devices that detect and monitor the status of the window itself as well as environmental conditions and the status of other building systems is a concept on the drawing board.
All of these technological advances involve electronic sensing and control systems that interact seamlessly with other building systems such as HVAC, fire safety, security, home automation and more to create a responsive “smart” building, whilst considering long-term durability and life cycle impact on the environment.
There is a significant challenge in turning these opportunities into reality, but there has never been a better time to grasp this opportunity and grow with the trend by offering a “new breed” of fenestration products, particularly for Trusted Installers involved in new build installation and high-end products.