New materials for windows of the future

Double-glazed windows are a norm in many countries across Europe, Asia and North America due to their effective reduction of heat loss (~30%) compared to single -glazed windows.

However, in Australia, only 10% (approx.) of current window installations are double-glazed. This is in part owing to the temperate climate across many parts of Australia, but equally the high cost of double glazing. Material science has made rapid progress over the last two decades resulting in the development of many new advanced materials and coatings.

This project is focussed on providing a critical assessment of the opportunities to apply new materials and coatings to reduce the cost, and improve the performance and ease of installation of double-glazed windows.