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SAGE awarded its 250th patent for dynamic glass

Milestone bolsters company’s extensive intellectual property leadership in fast-growth market

Apr. 24, 2013

SAGE recently received approval for its 250th global patent pertaining to its SageGlass® electrochromic glazing technology, achieving an important milestone and competitive edge in the hot-growth market for dynamic glass. SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass that tints or clears on-demand to modulate light, heat gain and glare.

SAGE’s patent portfolio covers a wide range of product and process technologies for manufacturing dynamic glass, giving SAGE a significant competitive advantage in intellectual property (IP) at a time when industry researchers like Nanomarkets and Pike Research say the market is poised for significant growth trajectory. Architects and building owners worldwide are increasingly using electrochromic technology in buildings as a better way to control the sunlight, save energy and maximize natural light, without blocking the outdoor view. 

In fact, hundreds of building projects have already incorporated SageGlass since the company began shipping product 10 years ago. SAGE’s 250th patent is for a new kind of laser device that will enable SageGlass to be repaired in the field without having to remove it from the window, skylight or curtain wall system. This is a unique breakthrough that will make it even easier to maintain high-quality solar control on an ongoing basis.

“Receiving our 250th patent reinforces that SAGE develops the most advanced technologies to produce the most reliable dynamic glass on the market,” said John Van Dine, SAGE CEO and founder. “We have invested decades of research, sweat and resources into ground-breaking electrochromic technology. This milestone advances our mission to improve the way people save energy and experience daylight in buildings.”

Recently, SAGE was also awarded another important patent for its unique thin-film sputter coating process, which will help the company manufacture SageGlass in high volumes and lower costs at its new 320,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Faribault, Minn. SAGE has more than 100 additional patents pending to strengthen its market leadership in the years ahead.

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