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SageGlass and MechoSystems Launch Joint-Technology Partnership

Partnership brings SageGlass and MechoSystems’ SolarTrac® together to offer superior solar control to enhance occupant well-being

Nov. 17, 2015

SageGlass®, the pioneer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass, and MechoSystems announce today the launch of a joint-technology partnership. SageGlass’ dynamic LightZone TM technology, a product of Saint-Gobain, and MechoSystems’ automated SolarTrac® technology will now be offered as an integrated solution for solar control. Together, the two leading companies will help architects and building owners maximize daylighting, occupant well-being and outdoor views. SageGlass and MechoSystems announced this partnership at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference dedicated to green building and sustainability.

“With the integration of SolarTrac technology, we’re extending SageGlass’ position as the leader in electrochromic glazing by enabling even more sophisticated levels of solar control,” said Alan McLenaghan, CEO of SageGlass. “MechoSystems brings more than 50 years of automation technology to SageGlass, and we’re pleased to work in close collaboration with them to advance occupant-sensitive design. Our mission continues to be to improve the human experience for everyone in the built environment, and this partnership is another example of our commitment and leadership.”

This partnership brings MechoSystems’ award-winning SolarTrac technology to SageGlass’ dynamic three-panel LightZone solution, enhancing the ability of SageGlass to optimize the influx of light and heat, including depth of solar penetration and management of shadow and reflective conditions. With SolarTrac, SageGlass tint levels adjust according to a predictive sky analysis and user-defined heat-load and solar-penetration thresholds. This proprietary approach to dynamic glazing dramatically reduces energy demand and mitigates the need for over-built HVAC systems.

“MechoSystems and SageGlass share a common mission to provide a more comfortable, healthy, energy-conserving and sustainable environment for building occupants,” said Joel Berman, chairman at MechoSystems. “By integrating our leading technologies, we’re offering our customers the most predictive dynamic GlazingManagement™ solution available today.”

Through collaborative sales, marketing and R&D initiatives, SageGlass and MechoSystems will combine areas of expertise to provide architects and customers in the contract, commercial office, higher education and healthcare sectors with new solutions for maximizing daylight with sustainable design in the built environment.

About MechoSystems
MechoSystems is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of manual, motorized, and automated shading systems. The company has had a deep impact on the evolution of energy-conserving architecture and design for more than half a century. Through the foresight of founder Joel Berman, who remains as the chairman, an entire industry was created.

Today’s WindowManagement® solutions deliver control, comfort, and energy savings. Products include the original, manual chain-driven MechoShade®, the motorized ElectroShade®, the intelligent WhisperShade® IQ®, and the automated SolarTrac® control system for all motorized window-covering solutions and electronically tintable SageGlass.

The SolarTrac System optimizes the influx of light and heat at the window wall by providing automatic, incremental adjustments to roller shades, louvered blinds, and electrochromic glazing. The system has earned a place in hundreds of the world’s most notable architectural projects because of its patented predictive modeling program and real-time sky analysis, through its SolarEvaluation® program and computing capabilities.

MechoSystems welcomes hard-to-solve design and technical challenges, such as the shading of non-rectangular, sloping, high, wide, monumental, difficult-to-access, and other non-standard windows. The company continues to be distinguished by its scientific approach to problem-solving as well as its planet-respecting concerns of sustainability and off-gassing. Learn more at mechosystems.com.

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.

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

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