Italy’s Habitat Lab uses SAGE dynamic glass to achieve eco-friendly ‘living laboratory’
SageGlass part of Saint-Gobain’s $5+ million (€4+ million) LEED Platinum training center for sustainable building designMar. 5, 2013
Dynamic glass from SAGE is part of a new state-of-the-art Habitat Lab in Corsico (close to Milan), Italy, that showcases how the most advanced building technologies can work in concert to create comfortable, eco-friendly working and living environments.
Built by Saint-Gobain, the Habitat Lab is a $5+million (€4+ million) training centre designed to test the energy performance and quality-of-life benefits of new building materials in a real-world environment. The LEED® Platinum-certified facility employs a variety of sustainable building materials as well as passive and active energy technologies to achieve complete energy independence, a low carbon footprint and a healthy built environment.
SageGlass® was installed in the south wall of the facility’s conference room to save energy, reduce carbon emissions and improve the comfort of the people inside. SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass that maximises daylight and outdoor views in buildings while controlling glare and heat gain. SageGlass can be controlled manually with wall switches, or automatically through light sensors installed in the windows.
“SageGlass is helping us achieve a new reference model for sustainable living through the Habitat Lab,” said Ruggero Ricci-Mingani, technical promotions coordinator at Saint-Gobain. “It allows the Lab to optimise natural light to improve the lives of people who work, learn and live in buildings, without blocking the view to the outdoors. It is one of the most sustainable glazing solutions on the market, saving energy, money and the environment.”
Since its launch in October 2012, the Habitat Lab has provided valuable training to more than 1,200 architects and building construction professionals seeking the latest knowledge in sustainable design. The “living laboratory” provides real-time performance information about energy consumption, quality of living environments and CO2 emissions for the building, as well as formaldehyde content in the air, temperature, humidity and other environmental data. In addition to SageGlass dynamic glass, the Habitat Lab includes photovoltaics, sustainable insulation, home automation systems, acoustic panels, transparent ceilings, and low VOC paints and interior materials.
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