SAGE is entering the European market of sustainable building design, equipped with 10 years of customer experience in the USA together with the leadership position of Saint-Gobain.The manufacturer will use BAU as the European launch for the first public showing of SageGlass following its acquisition by market leader Saint-Gobain.
SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass for windows, skylights and curtain walls that tints or clears to modulate light, solar heat gain and glare. Rather than using conventional sun controls such as motorised window shades, blinds and louvres that tend to block sunlight and views, SageGlass provides a solution that enhances occupant comfort and enables unobstructed views of the outdoors. It can change the visible light transmission and solar heat gain in a room at the push of a button or automatically via the SageGlass proprietary control system or a building automation system. The unique patented technology also offers a superior performance in switching time and increases a building’s value.
“BAU will be a terrific opportunity to showcase SageGlass’s impact on daylight and sun heat for the first time to the German market,” said Kirk Ratzel, Director of Marketing and Sales, SAGE SAINT-GOBAIN Europe. “We will be demonstrating to BAU visitors the unique properties of SageGlass that are perfect for the European market. We are excited to offer customers the chance to come and see the technology for themselves to better understand how SageGlass can help optimise the comfort and productivity of a building’s occupants. By adjusting electronically the level of tint, SageGlass allows the control of daylight and solar heat, therefore maximising occupant comfort and energy efficiency.”
SageGlass glazing level of tint can be dynamically controlled between 62% and up to 2% of light transmittance while always being transparent so that building occupants have an unobstructed view of the outdoors. Providing 2% of light transmittance is the only way to protect building occupants from direct sun glare without using mechanical shades. SageGlass opens new design opportunities for architects and building owners to create more comfortable living spaces and productive working environments while getting rid of standard shading solutions and maximising the energy efficiency of the building.
This is achieved because SageGlass tint also manages the solar heat with a g value varying from 0.42 in its clearest state to 0.05 in the darkest state (values for a DGU with a Ug value of 1.1 W/m2.k). Controlled by SageGlass dedicated automatic control system, the tint will adapt automatically to the outdoor luminance and therefore will enable a unique energy efficient and comfortable solution for buildings.
BAU 14th – 19th January 2013
Hall C2, Stand 514
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2011 sales of more than €42 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 195,000 employees.
For more information about Saint-Gobain, visit www.saint-gobain.com.
About SAGE Electrochromics, Inc.
SAGE Electrochromics is the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced dynamic glass that can be tinted or cleared 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 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 a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain of Paris, France, the world’s largest building materials company.