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Self-tinting glass maker outfits Micron in Singapore

January 20, 2017
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A Micron Singapore building with Pleotint Suntuitive glass
A Micron Technology building in Singapore is lined with Suntuitive glass. Courtesy Pleontint

A West Michigan company’s self-tinting glass is part of an award-winning building in Singapore.

Jenison-based Pleotint said one of Micron Technology’s buildings in Singapore includes its self-tinting Suntuitive dynamic glass. 

The building was recently recognized with a Green Mark Platinum award — the highest accolade from the Building and Construction Authority — for its environmentally conscious design.

Boise, Idaho-based Micron is a maker of advanced microchips.

Pleotint said Singapore Safety Glass, the project’s fabricator, turned to Suntuitive glass for the building’s windows, because of its impact on the building’s cooling needs.

The Suntuitive glass on the façade reduced the cooling requirement needs for the building, while allowing natural light in.

Suntuitive glass uses heat from direct sunlight to tint when necessary. As the sun moves across the sky, Suntuitive glass cools and returns to clear.

At night or in cloudy conditions, when direct sun is not present, Suntuitive glass remains clear and allows as much daylight as possible.

Pleotint said the fact that Suntuitive glass needs no electrical assistance to work was also a major factor in the choice.

Chad Simkins, VP of Pleotint, said he was “thrilled” Micron used Suntuitive glass in the building.

“To be a part of a project that was so environmentally focused and awarded as such was an honor,” Simkins said.

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