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Media Alert: New SAGE Continuing Education Unit Explores Dynamic Solar Control

Nov. 7, 2013

SAGE Electrochromics, the pioneer and market leading innovator in electronically tintable glass, has released the third in a series of continuing education units (CEU) explaining dynamic solar control using electrochromic glazing. The first CEU covered basics of electrochromics technology, while the second CEU examined the benefits of daylighting and how electrochromic glazing enables users to optimize natural daylight. This latest course, which is featured in print in a leading architectural publication, includes an overview of the topics covered in the first two units, while focusing on the challenges of solar control in design, including heat and glare issues. It will discuss traditional approaches to dealing with these issues and explain how dynamic glazing can effectively address them while enabling a higher degree of design freedom.

After completing the CEU, participants will be able to:

1.       Explain the impact of glazing on energy consumption in buildings and compare different approaches to sun shading solutions that affect energy use.

2.       Analyze the energy and environmental benefits related to the control of electrochromic dynamic glazing.

3.       Examine the human factor aspects of using differing zones of electrochromic dynamic glazing in a building façade.

4.       Recognize key considerations in designing and specifying electrochromic glazing to achieve maximum performance, including potential contribution to LEED® points.


Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP –   Architect

Peter J. Arsenault is a registered architect and sustainability consultant located in upstate New York with over 32 years of diversified experience. A graduate of Syracuse University, he earned degrees in both architecture and sociology with an emphasis on urban design and environmental planning. Since 1980, even before the term “green” architecture was popularized, he has focused his work on the principles of energy consciousness, environmental sensibility and sustainable design.                           


The free course materials, Dynamic Solar Control with Electrochromic Glazing, are posted to Architectural Record’s Continuing Education Center. After reading the materials, a free online test must be taken and passed in order to earn one AIA/CES HSW learning unit. Reference: AIA/CES COURSE #K1311E; GBCI COURSE #0090010642

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