Opening the Thermal Envelope: Emerging Innovation in Dynamic Windows and Advanced Insulation

July 21, 2011 | State of the Market Report

By regulating the heat, light, and air flows through the building enclosure, the thermal envelope plays a critical role in enabling energy-efficient buildings that are comfortable for the occupants. In this report, we review the emerging thermal-envelope technologies, sizing the market for dynamic windows – which change transparency to manage daylighting, glare and solar heat gain – and advanced insulation. In the likeliest scenario, we predict a $418 million market for dynamic windows by 2020, with 57% driven by European commercial and government buildings, and a $411 million market for advanced insulation. Despite the growth in these emerging segments, the market will continue to be dominated by passive window technologies and standard insulation products.

Coverage Areas

  • Accelerating Materials Innovation
  • Advanced Materials

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    Most buildings envelopes are energy sieves, rendering efficiency goals illusory. Although standard solutions can be better deployed, select new technologies are on the horizon.
  • Analysis
    New technologies will gain footholds in both the transparent and opaque envelope markets, but the dominance of the incumbent players will continue.
  • Outlook
  • Endnotes

Lead Analyst

Murray McCutcheon, Ph.D.
+1 (617) 502-5331


Jaideep Raje
Daniel Cline

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