SageGlass Announces Completion of Electrochromic Glass Installation at LEED Platinum Mixed-Use Development in Colorado
SageGlass to control sunlight, create comfortable environment for commercial office tenantsMay. 4, 2016
SageGlass®, the world’s smartest electrochromic glass, was installed in a new LEED Platinum Certified mixed-use property owned and developed by Unico Properties in downtown Boulder, Co. Located at 1738 Pearl Street, the 28,910-square-foot, three-story sustainable building features ground-floor retail, as well as commercial office space on the second and third floors. More than 1,400 square feet of electronically tintable SageGlass, a product of Saint-Gobain, was installed in the commercial office space to provide building occupants with a more comfortable indoor experience and unobstructed views of the Boulder flatirons.
SageGlass controls sunlight to optimize daylight, outdoor views and comfort while preventing glare, fading and overheating. With electronically tintable SageGlass, building occupants have the ability to control their own environment and provide employees with a comfortable space that connects them to the beautiful Boulder environment. In the office setting, natural daylight and a connection to the outdoors have been shown to reduce employee absenteeism and stress and boost productivity, providing employees with an overall improved sense of well-being. Additionally, SageGlass dramatically reduces energy demand and the need for HVAC by blocking sunlight on hot days.
“SageGlass is a game-changing solar control technology that is transforming the way we manage daylight by providing a better indoor experience for our tenants,” said Adam Knoff, senior sustainability manager and project lead at Unico Sustainability, a division of Unico Properties. “It was a pleasure to partner with SageGlass to achieve our company’s first LEED Platinum development project. This building is also the first of its kind in Boulder and will serve as a prime example of sustainable building in this market.”
SageGlass, along with the other sustainable features at the development, will help the building be 26 percent more energy efficient than a standard new high-end commercial office building. The property includes a solar-transpired air collector that provides solar heat in the winter, LED lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, drought-resistant landscaping and permeable patio pavers. On-site bike storage is also available.
“Being outdoors is a way of life in Boulder, and commercial building owners are increasingly looking for new ways to create a greater connection between the built and natural environments,” said Alan McLenaghan, CEO of SageGlass. “SageGlass is that connection, and we’re proud our product was included in Unico’s newest office development, which will serve as a model of sustainable office space in the Boulder market.”
SageGlass completed the project in partnership with Unico and its partner Midyette Architects, glazing contractor Architectural Concepts, LLC, and architect Blue Spruce Design & Construction.
SageGlass® is the pioneer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass and is transforming the indoor experience for people by connecting the built and natural environments. Electronically tintable SageGlass, a product of Saint-Gobain, dynamically optimizes daylight and manages temperature – all while maintaining unobstructed views of the outdoors. With SageGlass, building occupants can comfortably experience the biophilic benefits of the outdoors, including stress reduction, enhanced creativity and an improved sense of well-being. Unlike conventional sun controls such as mechanical window shades or blinds,
SageGlass allows architects to elegantly solve solar control challenges without sacrificing aesthetics and design. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, SageGlass is backed by 350 years of building science expertise that only the world leader in sustainable environments can provide. Ready to look again? Visit www.SageGlass.com, @Sage_Glass and Facebook.com/SageGlass.
About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, the world leader in sustainable environments, has designed and manufactured high-performance building materials that improve the lives of people all over the world. From the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles and the glass pyramid at the Louvre, to The Statue of Liberty and The World Trade Center, and even components that allow the Mars Rover Curiosity to seek out life on another planet, Saint-Gobain has been a part of the fabric of human history, advancement and improvement.
In North America, the company upholds this rich history of innovation by making a material difference in the spaces where people work, live, play, heal and learn. Along with its North American headquarters in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Saint-Gobain has more than 150 locations in North America and approximately 14,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $5.7 billion in 2015. Experience our innovation, wonders and advancements by visiting www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with Saint-Gobain North America 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 building materials providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2014 sales of €41 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 66 countries and has over 180,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, visit www.saint-gobain.com and the Twitter account @saintgobain or download the “Saint-Gobain Shareholder” application for tablet and smartphone.
About Unico Properties
Unico Properties is a real estate investor and full-service operator, focused on office and multifamily assets in the western United States. For more than 60 years, its investors and partners have relied on Unico for its local knowledge, institutional rigor, and boutique service, which consistently delivers results. Founded in 1953, Unico is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. Unico is a proven operating partner. With more than 10 million square feet of LEED-certified properties, the company is a leader in sustainable best practices, developing and managing some of the world’s highest performing green buildings, and transforming the built environment. For more information about Unico, please visit the firm’s website at www.unicoprop.com.