HALIO for Life Sciences

Life science facilities are demanding environments that challenge the limits of design practicality and aesthetics.

Practically, managing daylight indoors in research facilities that historically block it changes everything. Smart glass can create a dynamic building envelop shielding the interior from solar heat gain and UV while managing daylight indoors – allowing just the optimal amount of light in when and where its desired.

Aesthetically, HALIO’s forward-ready electrochromic glass technology and Viracon PLUS™ Smart Glass powered by HALIO® creates an inspiring work environment that looks good and supports the wellness and productivity of employees. The unobstructed views through naturally colorless HALIO Smart Glass may be inspiration – the eureka moment that a scientist was hoping for.

Let the sunshine in with HALIO!

Featured Project: Alexandria Center for Life Sciences

Life Sciences
San Carlos, CA
30,000 sq ft
In Service:
November 2020
Alexandria Real Estate Equities
General Contractor:
Glazing Contractor:

Alexandria Real Estate’s flagship life sciences campus is built to the meticulous requirements of life science tenants. Precise environmental control including managing solar heat gain and ambient light levels is critical as establishing an inspiring work environment for researchers. HALIO Smart Glass was the solution with a real-time electrochromic glass facade, like a living skin on the building.


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 buildings that have a LEED, BREEAM, WELL and other sustainability advantages supporting your ESG metrics.
  • Increase property value, rents & NOI with recaptured usable floorplate and daylight as an amenity.
  • Offer dynamic environmental controls and unobstructed views

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

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.

Tenants & Owners

Increase employee productivity and wellness
  • Enjoy obstructed views.
  • Manage visible light transmission (Tvis) around sensitive equipment and 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%.
  • Increase employee 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.