AIX EN PROVENCE, France, December 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Today, European construction giant and international contractor VINCI Construction and French solar innovation specialist Sunpartner Technologies announced a new 50/50 joint venture and launched a new connected smart glass window dubbed "Horizon." The two companies initially partnered in April 2016 to develop and market innovative photovoltaic solutions for construction applications.

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Featuring photovoltaic panels and multiple sunlight sensors, the new Horizon opacifying and communicating window can be adapted to any project, from new construction to renovations.

An innovative solution that can reduce energy consumption by 30% 

This 3-in-1 solution combines a window, a sunshade, and a blind. It is connected and can be operated from a distance using a smartphone, remote control, or the building's technical management system. Horizon's opacifying ability and real-time control system can cut a building's energy consumption by up to 30% by diminishing the effects of overheating and efficiently using air conditioning.

It also provides increased comfort (i.e., protecting occupants from glare and reducing overheating in interior spaces) and simpler use and control.

The integrated photovoltaic construction market is predicted to take off in the coming years. The latest heating regulations covering new construction project favor the emergence of positive energy buildings. Energy-saving renovation holds interesting opportunities for older buildings. By 2020, global demand for smart windows is slated to reach 10 million square meters (source: IndustryARCAnalysis & Expert Insights, 2015).

A partnership for the future 

Through this partnership, VINCI Construction and Sunpartner Technologies are combining their know-how to develop innovative solutions so that in the future, all building surfaces will be smart, connected, and energy producing. The companies want to ensure the cities of tomorrow are sustainable and have a small energy footprint. Their partnership stems from a shared vision of the building of the future as a hub of energy and connectivity.

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