Venture Capital

Halio Hails $70 Million Investment

HAYWARD — HALIO, designer of eco-friendly, and technologically advanced electrochromic (smart) glass, has raised up to $70 million in funding from SKC of Korea to develop the industry’s next generation of smart glass technology, focusing on energy savings, environmental impact, and creating beautiful facades, while enabling occupant wellness and comfort.

“This investment is expected to further expand our ESG strategy,” said SKC’s Vice President Junghwan Shin. “We strongly believe that HALIO has the most advanced smart glass technology that will significantly impact global energy savings and our environment,” emphasized Shin.

In conjunction with the funding announcement, HALIO also announced the appointment of Doug Schendt as the company’s new CEO, replacing Bruce Sohn, who has served as CEO since 2020. Sohn is retiring after successfully leading the company through this latest milestone.

“I’m thrilled to take on this new role and lead HALIO into its next phase of growth,” said Schendt. “Having previously led our Asia operations, I’m excited to now head HALIO globally. Bruce’s vision and leadership have positioned us well, and I look forward to building on that strong foundation.”

HALIO Smart Glass enables architects to design beautiful and elegant facades, supporting building owners’ pursuit of providing occupants with the most comfortable, productive, and healthy interior environments. HALIO’s Sky Camera, tint algorithms, and control automation, coupled with the industry’s fastest switching speed (within seconds), make HALIO the only smart glass solution that truly optimizes daylight control and solar heat gain management in real-time.

HALIO’s smart glass technology reduces a building’s operational energy use by up to 22%. It decreases peak demand by 25%, which is vital in balancing overstressed power grids (Red Car Analytics – Energy Efficiency Analysis of HALIO, Nov 2019). With countries now targeting buildings as major energy users, regulations increasingly require more efficient facades. Additionally, new incentives like the U.S. Investment Tax Credit reward owners for adding energy-saving solutions like HALIO Smart Glass.

“This new capital enables us to accelerate innovation in our smart glass technology as well as expand our reach in key markets like Asia, Europe, and the Middle East,” added Sohn. “This is an incredibly exciting time for HALIO. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and am confident that with Doug as CEO, the company is in great hands to continue our mission and bring our products to customers globally.”