A distinguished panel of 44 architects and specification specialists skilled in product evaluation judged each product. The Product Innovation Award (PIA) program honors manufacturers based on product attributes, qualities, functionality and/or performance that are beyond industry standards.
“The Architectural Products Product Innovation Awards recognize products, materials and systems innovation that brings commercial and institutional design to new heights,” said Jim Crockett, editorial director of Construction Business Media.
SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass for windows, skylights and curtain walls that tints or untints at the push of a button. It frees architects to use glass in their building designs, allowing building occupants to enjoy the resulting natural light and outdoor views. SageGlass modulates light, heat gain and glare. Rather than using conventional sun controls such as mechanized window shades, blinds and louvers that tend to block sunlight and views, SageGlass provides a solution for occupants to have the most enhanced views without any obstructions. By regulating solar heat gain, it conserves energy and reduces the capacity requirements of HVAC systems.
The Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory thoroughly tested SageGlass windows and determined that the technology could save up to five percent of the entire U.S. energy budget if widely deployed in buildings. This technology results in much greater energy efficiency than conventional low-E glass, with SageGlass reducing energy in buildings by up to 20 percent, HVAC requirements as much as 30 percent and lighting energy costs by up to 60 percent. SageGlass products are installed in hundreds of buildings worldwide, including commercial, institutional and high-end residential applications.
“We are honored to receive a product innovation award from Architectural Products,” noted John Van Dine, president, CEO and founder of SAGE. “Our success is driven by our determination to develop the most innovative products on the market. SageGlass improves the sustainability and performance of buildings, but also allows occupants to be more engaged and responsive within their enhanced environments. This honor is validation of our team’s hard work and the market’s growing acceptance of SageGlass as a brilliant solution to conventional sun control approaches.”
A complete list of award winners, including SAGE, can be found in the November 2011 issue of Architectural Products.
About SAGE Electrochromics, Inc.
SAGE Electrochromics is the world’s leading manufacturer of electronically tintable glass that can be tinted or untinted to optimize daylight and improve the human experience in buildings. SageGlass controls the sunlight and heat that enter a building, significantly reducing energy consumption while improving people’s comfort and well-being. SageGlass can reduce a building’s cooling load by 20% and HVAC requirements up to 30%. It is also a smarter, more elegant solution than conventional sun controls such as mechanical window shades, blinds and louvers. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered near Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., in the heart of “the Silicon Valley of the window industry.” SAGE is strategically partnered with the Saint-Gobain company of Paris, France, the global leader in glass and building products.
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