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Pine City Armory uses dynamic glass from SAGE to improve squadron training facility

Apr. 24, 2013

The Minnesota National Guard Armory in Pine City, Minn., is using dynamic glass from SAGE to help improve the effectiveness of soldier training in the facility.

The 1976-built Armory, home to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 94th Calvary (1-94 CAV) Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, recently underwent a major renovation to upgrade the facility’s aging infrastructure. The Armory installed SageGlass® in its assembly hall to control the sun’s glare and heat, as well as to provide advanced daylight control capabilities for times when the squadron needs to darken the facility for training and presentation purposes.

The renovation was designed by SJA Architects in Duluth and the windows installed by National Window Associates in Spring 2012. During this time the squadron, known by its nickname The Bulldogs, was deployed in the Middle East to support Operation New Dawn.

“SAGE is an excellent company to work with,” said David Carisch, president of National Window. “They provide good communication and professional response. Their glass was easy to install and the electronic connections were problem free. We look forward to working with SageGlass in the future.” 

SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass that maximizes daylight and outdoor views in buildings while controlling glare and heat gain. The glass can tint or clear manually or automatically to save energy and help keep building occupants continuously comfortable throughout the day. 

In the assembly hall, SageGlass uses light sensors to automatically self-tint throughout the day in response to changing sun conditions. When needed, the squadron can also manually activate SageGlass to dim the assembly hall.

“The Pine City Armory is part of a growing trend with government facilities that are increasingly implementing advanced building systems, like SageGlass, to improve both energy efficiency and operational effectiveness,” said Derek Malmquist, vice president of marketing at SAGE. “We’re proud our technology is used in support of our service men and women.”

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