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GSA’s Green Proving Ground program selects SageGlass to control sun glare and heat gain for LEED Gold-accredited Texas Port of Entry

Oct. 30, 2012

SAGE today announced that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has selected SageGlass® dynamic glass for its Green Proving Ground program that evaluates innovative sustainable building technologies.

Green Proving Ground uses GSA-managed properties to evaluate technologies that reduce energy in federal buildings and have significant savings potential if widely implemented. GSA works with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Laboratories to conduct these tests. The technologies are selected for their potential to help reduce operating costs, improve occupant well-being and to meet the sustainability goals in President Obama’s Executive Order on environmental, energy and economic performance.

The technology will be evaluated at the Donna-Rio Bravo U.S. Land Port of Entry, a Green Proving Ground project and the first LEED Gold-accredited port of entry in Texas. The building serves as the checkpoint and inspection facility for civilian traffic crossing the Rio Grande into and from Mexico via the Alliance International Bridge.

SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass that maximizes daylight and outdoor views in buildings while controlling solar glare and heat gain. The glass can darken and clear on demand or automatically using sensors to help keep border agents comfortable.

The agents also need maximum visibility and unobstructed views at all angles throughout the day and in any weather condition to do their jobs. SageGlass will enable the port of entry to control the intense Texas sunlight throughout the day and seasons without having to install sunshades or blinds, or resort to sunglasses, visors or other sun-blocking methods that would otherwise compromise the outdoor view.

By regulating solar heat gain and optimizing daylight, SageGlass can also improve the energy efficiency of the port of entry by reducing lighting and HVAC system loads.

SageGlass was one of 12 technologies selected by the GSA for this year’s Green Proving Ground program. But this is not the first government installation for the dynamic glazing. SageGlass has already delivered benefits to state and federal facilities including the Torrington Port of Entry in Wyoming and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Research Support Facility and Energy Systems Integration Facility.

For more information on the 12 new technologies selected for evaluation as part of GSA’s Green Proving Ground program this year, as well as results from last year’s program, visit http://www.gsa.gov/GPG.

Also, please visit SAGE at Booth # 4353N at the upcoming Greenbuild show in San Francisco Nov.14-16.

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/sageglass

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