University of Illinois CIF Building

The University of Illinois Campus Instructional Facility

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A better learning environment

Notice something different about the windows of the upper level classrooms on the east and west sides? There are no shades or blinds that block the sunlight. Instead, smart windows automatically tint in response to the sun, minimizing glare and uncomfortable heat while maximizing daylight and views. That daylight is linked to improved cognitive ability, productivity, sleep, and mental health so you can study smarter and feel better. 

View and UIUC: A long-standing partnership

Dr. Martin Neumann, an adjunct professor with the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, joined View from UIUC in 2010. At UIUC, Dr. Neumann researched lithium sputtering, deposition, and evaporation at the Center for Plasma Material Interactions. This work led View to recruit Dr. Neumann. He started as a process engineer, and he was a member of the original technical team to develop View's electrochromic windows. Now, as Chief Operations Officer (COO), Dr. Neumann is responsible for manufacturing, facilities, supply chain, IT and field deployment. View continues to actively hire Illinois graduates and hosts engineering students as part of the UIUC Technology Entrepreneurship Center's Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Week. 

Dr Martin Neumann
Dr. Martin Neumann, COO

inside the glass

How the technology works

View Smart Windows bring together cutting-edge software and hardware. Our windows are embedded with a transparent electrochromic coating. When a small voltage is applied to the coating, the glass tints. Our predictive software algorithm uses weather conditions, sun position, and building data to determine the optimal tint. Users can override the tint with our mobile apps as well. 

A more sustainable building

View Smart Windows benefit the planet too.

Air conditioners use 7% of all electricity in the U.S. and release the equivalent of 1.95 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually. View Smart Windows adjust to prevent heat from entering the building, thereby reducing the need for air conditioning and lowering energy bills by up to 20%.

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