Self-Shading Window System
USING NO ENERGY TO SAVE ENERGY
AWARD-WINNING INNOVATION AT ITS BEST
Temperature control doesn't need energy.
InVert™ is an entirely self-responsive technology that uses zero electrical energy and no human intervention to operate. This innovative biophilic shading-system is designed to reduce air conditioning costs and carbon emissions.
Making Human-Centered Environments with BIOPHILIC DESIGN
The design of the InVert™ petal pieces, inspired by organic forms, parallels the heliotropic activity of plants, like flowers or leaves that rotate to face the sun passing through the sky. This daily activity indexes ambient changes in atmospheric conditions, and the observation of the subtle movements of the petals become magical, as they mirror and reflect their environment.
Concerned about the negative impact of the building industry on climate change, we only design products that contribute positively to our environment. InVert™ targets this problem directly with its dynamic shading system. By using smart thermobimetal, the system responds to solar radiation by flipping over and blocking the sun. This simple action can save up to 30% of energy used by air conditioning.
InVert™ naturally maximizes both daylight and color spectrum by reducing the need for dark coatings and allowing the use of the clearest glazing possible while blocking high amounts of solar heat gain. Studies have shown that exposure to natural daylight contributes directly to a person’s circadian rhythm in terms of sleep patterns and productivity. Providing the broadest visual color spectrum positively supports retinal health and ultimately mental health. With low-e coatings, both daylight and color spectrum are compromised. It is like wearing dark sunglasses all day.
Because InVert™ is sealed inside the air-tight cavity of a standard insulated glass unit, the material and operation of the petals will never tire and no maintenance is needed. The parts stay dust-free and recoating the petals is unnecessary.
The pixelated system of petals in the InVert™ system allows the use of multiple colors and endless graphics. We are happy to work with buyers on different types of artwork. Complexity may affect pricing. Performance of the window assemblies can also be customized. Extensive glass and coating specifications can meet design and performance goals and can include colors, ceramic frit patterns and low-e coatings from PPG, Guardian, Pilkington, Cardinal and St. Gobain.
Because InVert™ sits inside the cavity of a standard double-glazed or an insulated glass unit (IGU), installation in any standard storefront or curtainwall frame system is easy and customary. Units of any size can be ordered locally and delivered to any site in the world. In keeping with our sustainability goals, the InVert™ inserts are shipped directly to local fabricators reducing shipping costs and carbon footprint.
Because the petals of the InVert™ system are distributed in a gridlike fashion throughout the glazing and the glazing is not coated with a dark mirror-like tint, the visibility for birds makes it an easy deterrent for accidental collisions. Costs to add bird-safety coatings can be eliminated.