For the construction materials industry, however, a decade is a relatively short interval. Buildings, after all, are meant to last for multiple decades so those choosing the materials to construct them understandably err on the side of caution.SAGE has been commercially shipping electronically tintable dynamic glass for 10 years – longer than any other dynamic glass maker – to schools, commercial offices, healthcare facilities, museums, and a variety of other buildings that benefit from solar control.And while a decade of market experience is but a blink of an eye compared to, say, steel reinforced concrete or gypsum-based wall board, it is enough time to gather an understanding of our technology’s real world benefits.
Since we first introduced electrochromic glazing to the commercial market 10 years ago, it has been shown to save energy, reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to occupant comfort and productivity in buildings. The energy and sustainability benefits are well established in both industry literature and field studies.
What’s more, as the years have passed, the needs of the building industry have increasingly aligned with the benefits dynamic glazing provides. Indeed, green building has rapidly moved from a buzz phrase to an industry expectation and imperative; included in building codes that increasingly serve to encourage designers and architects to find innovative ways to improve both the sustainability of the building and the experience of its occupants.
Ten years later, the market for dynamic glazing – and electrochromics, in particular, which offers unparalleled solar control – continues to grow and looks very promising. But there’s more work to do in terms of building a fuller understanding of the technology behind dynamic glazing, its ability to solve uniquely problematic design challenges and the range of benefits it confers in real world use.
To further that awareness and understanding, SAGE recently partnered with respected industry publication Building Design + Construction to produce what we think is a highly informative whitepaper covering everything from what electrochromics is, how it works and how it differs from other dynamic glass, to a detailing of its energy, sustainability and people benefits.
We hope you find the paper informative and encourage you to share with other architects, designers, and construction managers who may be interested in learning more about this exciting “new” solar control technology. Click here for a free download.