HALIO for Higher Education​

The learning environment is one of the critical factors between success and failure in our education system. Classrooms and offices with smart glass foster a superior experience that benefits all that intersect with higher education. ​

Studies show students learn up to 26% faster with 3% less absenteeism at universities with smart glass. Faculty are up to 13% more productive, are less likely to leave their teaching post, and can be more creative in classrooms that have up to 20% more usable floor area. Administrators recruiting students and faculty have daylight as an amenity and generally higher satisfaction scores to support recruiting efforts. And facility operators lower OpEx with reduced maintenance and up to 22% energy savings.​

The benefits of smart glass begin with the architect that can create a forward-ready, net-zero building that fuels the future while fighting global warming. It’s no wonder that that smart glass is the smart choice for higher education facility designs.​

Featured Project: University of Massachusetts Worchester Commons​

Higher Education
Amherst, MA
x sq ft
In Service:
July 2021
Perry Dean Rogers Architects
University Massachusetts
General Contractor:
Shawmut Design & Construction
Glazing Contractor:

UMASS Amherst reimagined their student union, Worcester Commons, as a state-of-the-art, sustainable gathering place for students and faculty. HALIO Smart Glass was selected to enable unobstructed views and natural light through walls of glass and contribute to a comfortable environment by blocking solar heat gain and glare.​


Maximize your facility value and ROI
  • Get up to 50% tax credit as a result of the new Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
  • Develop future-ready smart classrooms that have a LEED, BREEAM, WELL and other sustainability advantages supporting ESG metrics.
  • Offer dynamic environmental controls and unobstructed views
  • Utilize higher satisfaction and performance metric scores to attract, recruit, and retain the most promising students and respected faculty.

Architects/Facade Planners/MEPs

Realize your design vision
  • Achieve Net Zero designs & increase Window-to-Wall Ratio.
  • Uncompromised design aesthetics & elimination of unsightly blinds.
  • Construction deducts by eliminating exterior shades, interior blinds, and HVAC equipment downsizing.
  • Select the glass coatings & composition you want from Viracon.

Facility Operators & Administrators

Lower your OpEx and have a healthier building
  • Lower energy costs by up to 22% - more than any other smart glass.
  • Reduced maintenance costs.
  • Cleaner, healthier environment without blinds.

Students & Faculty

Increase employee productivity and wellness
  • Inrease employee productivity and wellness
  • Enjoy obstructed views and tint-on-demand for classroom presentations.
  • Manage visible light transmission (Tvis) to reduce glare-induced headaches by 63% and eye strain by 51%.
  • Manage solar heat gain for environmental control and to reduce occupant fatigue and discomfort by 56%.
  • Increase productivity by up to 13% and learning by 26%.
  • Increase faculty retention and reduce absenteeism by 3%.
Only HALIO tints fast – 10x faster than other smart glass – making it the only solution that can keep up with weather.
Only HALIO is a clear as standard glass when untinted and transitions into a comfortable, neutral gray when tinting.
Only HALIO Smart Glass tints uniformly across a window or an entire facade.
Only HALIO tints to any level, at any time. The transition is so natural you won’t even notice it.
Only HALIO enables glass manufacturers to build their own smart glass IGUs powered by HALIO with the configuration flexibility and capacity they’re known for.