SAGE and Viracon today announced a marketing partnership at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild conference that will help architects and building owners improve the energy efficiency of buildings with glass while maintaining its design integrity. The partnership will enable architects to incorporate both high performance and electrochromic glass into buildings in a more seamless and color-coordinated way.
SAGE Electrochromics, the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced dynamic glass, and Viracon, the nation’s leading single-source architectural glass fabricator, are partnering to coordinate the exterior appearance of both electrochromic and high performance glass. Under the agreement, SAGE will market and sell a line of products that incorporates a Viracon exterior lite that is designed to complement other popular coatings available from Viracon. This product integration will give customers more aesthetic options for solving a variety of glazing challenges in their building projects. Both parties will work together to help architects and building owners understand and appreciate this new opportunity to use SageGlass® and Viracon high performance glass on the same project.
SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass for windows, skylights and curtain walls that tints or clears to modulate light, heat gain and glare. Rather than using conventional sun controls such as motorized window shades, blinds and louvers that tend to block sunlight and views, SageGlass provides a solution that conserves energy and enhances occupant comfort while preserving unobstructed views of the outdoors.
“Architects and building owners are requesting window solutions that offer a variety of aesthetic options while meeting strict energy requirements. This partnership enables an architect to blend both static and dynamic glazing solutions on the same project while optimizing a building’s performance and appearance,” said Kevin Anez, director of marketing and product management at Viracon. “Our innovative technologies can be combined to complement a building’s design. We are pleased to be working with SAGE and look forward to advancing technological solutions for the building industry.”
The partnership will be finalized at a ceremonial signing Wed., Nov. 14, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time with SAGE founder and CEO, John Van Dine, and Viracon president, Kelly Schuller at the SAGE Greenbuild Booth #4353N.
“The partnership combines the most advanced dynamic glazing technologies with Viracon’s leadership in architectural glass solutions,” said Andrew Hulse, SAGE’s vice president of sales. “This partnership enables both companies to provide holistic glass solutions to our customers.”
About Viracon, Inc.
Viracon is based in Owatonna, Minnesota, and has facilities in Statesboro, Georgia, St. George, Utah and Nazaré Paulista, Brazil. Viracon produces high-performance glass products, including tempered, laminated, insulating, silk-screened and high-performance coatings, for North American and international markets. The company is a subsidiary of Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOG). Apogee, headquartered in Minneapolis, is a leader in technologies involving the design and development of value-added glass products and services.
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