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Greenbuild 2013 to mark another year of momentum for SageGlass

First shipments of next generation of SageGlass from new high-volume manufacturing plant coincide with 10th anniversary of first commercial shipments

Nov. 20, 2013

Headed into Greenbuild, the industry’s leading sustainable building event,  SAGE Electrochromics, the pioneer and leader in dynamic window glass, continues to gain momentum  in the market including: the ramp-up of a state-of-the-art, high-volume manufacturing facility, a bevy of high-profile customer installations and industry awards, the appointment of a new CEO, and several impactful product innovations.

SageGlass® is electronically tintable dynamic glass that maximizes daylight and outdoor views in buildings while controlling glare and heat gain. The glass can darken or clear manually or automatically to save energy and help keep building occupants continuously comfortable throughout the day. On display at Greenbuild will be the next generation of SageGlass featuring SAGE’s exclusive in-pane zoning capability, which allows for up to three separate, independently tintable zones to be established and controlled within the same pane.

A Pioneer and an Innovator

This past June, SAGE celebrated 10 years of commercial production of SageGlass as well as the first shipments of SageGlass from its new high-volume manufacturing plant. The new facility uses leading-edge equipment and techniques to produce larger panes of dynamic glass – up to five feet by 10 feet – with a fully laminated exterior lite. SageGlass is also available in many geometric shapes including traditional squares and rectangles as well as trapezoids, parallelograms and triangles.

Argonne National Labs, one of the first customers to receive the latest generation SageGlass, will optimize daylight in its new state-of-the-art protein crystallization research facility. Similarly, the General Services Administration (GSA), the government’s largest property manager, installed SageGlass in its headquarters as a skylight atop a newly built seven-story atrium that was once an open courtyard. Some other notable SageGlass installations in 2013 included a cardiac operating room at Children’s Hospital Colorado, an external viewing area at Central Indiana Ethanol’s manufacturing facility and an installation at Dow Corning’s Solar Energy Exploration and Development (SEED) center in Switzerland.

New Partners

A partnership announced this year between SAGE and Lutron, the inventors of the original dimmer for electric lights, offers architects and contractors a fully integrated and “worry free” approach to the problem of regulating indoor light and heat while reducing energy costs. With this partnership, representatives from the two companies will work together to provide a seamless solution for lighting and solar control, helping to streamline the implementation of high performance building projects.


Dr. Alan McLenaghan, a 15-year veteran of SAGE’s parent company Saint-Gobain, was selected in October to succeed SAGE Founder John Van Dine as CEO of the company. Dr. McLenaghan, who has an extensive background in flat glass production, sustainability and management, originally joined SAGE as vice present of operations in June 2012. Mr. Van Dine, who established the company in 1989, remains as Chairman through 2013 and will become Vice Chairman next year.

The company’s ongoing success in 2013 did not pass unnoticed by the architectural and glazing industry. Among the awards received by SAGE and its products this year were:

·         Green Thinker Network Sustainability 2013 Award

·         Solar Foundation Technology Innovation Award

·         The SNAPPYS – SNAP Magazine’s Product Awards

·         2013 NACDB Merit Award for Innovation

·         Minnesota Business Magazine Manufacturing Awards: Sustainability 2013

“With the next generation of SageGlass now available from our new facility and market interest only increasing, we are clearly on a path for sustained success,” said Dr. McLenaghan, SAGE CEO. “Dynamic glazing represents a revolution in building design and solar management. We are excited to be able to demonstrate some of our newest innovations at Greenbuild 2013. Our experience with customers and architects is helping us innovate and design products that are even more efficient, simple to install and easy to integrate with the building façade,” he added.

At Greenbuild, SAGE will be demonstrating its product innovations at their booth (# 1511). In addition, a number of show attendees will venture outside the convention hall and learn about an impressive installation of SageGlass at Philadelphia’s iconic Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts as part of two half-day guided tours being offered by USGBC.

About SageGlass 

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.

For more information visit: 

Website: www.sageglass.com

Twitter: twitter.com/Sage_Glass

Facebook: Facebook.com/SageGlass

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/sage-electrochromics-inc.

YouTube: Youtube.com/SAGEElectrochromics

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.       

About Saint-Gobain

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