Date: 15 May 2015
This capability of SageGlass will allow architects and building owners to specify a variety of geometrically shaped tinting zones on a single pane of glass – from triangles, trapezoids and parallelograms; even chevrons, diamonds and other shapes.It lets them configure and control unique patterns of tintable glass for optimizing daylight while creating unique building envelopes.
Not only can different geometric zones be configured on a single pane of glass, SageGlass can also be produced in non-rectangular shapes, allowing for a variety of shape-in-shape tinting zone options. SageGlass is also available in several different glass colors, making the design combinations nearly limitless.
Achieving accurate and uniform tint levels across non-standard shapes can be a significant engineering challenge for traditional solar control mechanisms such as shades, and impossible with other dynamic glass products.
“These options allow greater design freedom for architects and building owners in the future. Having broader shape and tinting options eliminates the all-or-nothing tinting trade-offs that architects may have to weigh when evaluating dynamic glazing for their designs. During AIA this week, we want to demonstrate an example of the future of dynamic design,” said Derek Malmquist, VP Marketing for SageGlass.
SageGlass is electronically tintable glazing that maximizes daylight and outdoor views in buildings while controlling glare and heat gain. It can darken or clear, manually or automatically, to save energy and help keep building occupants continuously comfortable throughout the day.
LightZone™, which is proprietary to SageGlass, allows building occupants to change the tint in different sections within a single pane of SageGlass to any available tint level. The unique pattern that is on display at the AIA Convention 2015 show in the SageGlass booth (#4051) is an example of the dynamic capability of this technology.
SageGlass can be zoned in any configuration desired: within a window pane or by individual window, row, column, room or building orientation. These zones can be programmed to tint automatically in response to changing light conditions using light sensors, or to tint on-demand using an iPhone/Android wireless app, manual switches, or building management system integration.
Not only does this variable control provide greater flexibility for managing solar heat gain and glare, it also allows users to improve “light blending” to achieve a warmer, neutral color rendering a feeling of natural light in the indoor environment.
Demonstrations of the new multi-geometric SageGlass LightZone can be seen at Booth #4051 at the AIA Conference 2015, May 14-16, in Atlanta.
SageGlass®, a product of Saint-Gobain, is advanced dynamic glass that can be electronically tinted or cleared to optimize daylight and improve the human experience in buildings. SageGlass manages the sunlight and heat that enter a building, significantly reducing energy consumption while improving people’s comfort and well-being. It 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. With SageGlass you can control sunlight and glare without shades or blinds while maintaining the view and connection to the outdoors. SageGlass is manufactured in Faribault, Minn., in the heart of “the Silicon Valley of the window industry,” and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain of Paris, the world’s largest building materials company.
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About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than 250 locations in North America and approximately 15,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.2 billion in 2014.
Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. For more information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
In 2015, Saint-Gobain is celebrating its 350th anniversary, 350 reasons to believe in the future. Backed by its experience and its capacity to continuously innovate, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction market, designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance and building materials providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2014 sales of $54.6 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has over 180,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, visit https://www.saint-gobain.com/en and the twitter account @saintgobain