A new landmark building in downtown Miami is saving energy and making a dramatic architectural statement using dynamically tintable SageGlass®, a product of Saint-Gobain.
Currently housing a TD Bank retail location, “The CUBE” is a 2,500-square-foot glass structure at the iconic 1101 Brickell office towers designed by renowned architectural firm, Kobi Karp Architecture. Inspired by the famous all-glass Apple store on New York’s 5th Avenue, The CUBE was designed to be eco-smart while enhancing the urban fabric to accommodate more pedestrian-friendly traffic.
“The once all-commercial downtown area is going through an urban revival to integrate multi-family residences. We sought to recreate the façade to make it more pedestrian-friendly because the building would serve as an urban connector between Brickell Ave and Bayshore Drive,” said architect Kobi Karp, founder and principal of Kobi Karp. “We turned to SageGlass because it allowed us to create a pedestrian-oriented space with glass that is more translucent, energy efficient, and really lets the crystalline volume of the building enhance the urban landscape.”
The CUBE is a LEED certified all-glass structure that automatically changes tint throughout the day in response to Miami’s intense sunlight and heat conditions. SageGlass reduces sun glare and heat gain, reducing the cooling load for the building, without blocking the outdoor view.
Further, dynamic glass is a good fit for South Florida due to the amount of sunshine and the intensity of the sunlight. Miami sees the sun during 70 percent of available daylight hours, and the light in Florida is particularly strong due to the steep angle of the sun, so it receives a high level of ultraviolet radiation.
“SageGlass is an excellent solution for managing sunlight in South Florida,” said Derek Malmquist, vice president of marketing at SAGE. “We have helped solve solar control problems in virtually all geographic zones and different latitudes. But cities like Miami make so much sense for dynamic glass due to the ability to modulate heat and glare despite the intensity of the sun’s light.”
The Brickell Block is arguably Miami’s most prestigious commercial area and the city’s international financial center. Consequently, while energy efficiency was a top design objective for The CUBE, the building owner – Florida East Coast Realty – also wanted to build a visually stunning showcase structure incorporating the latest building technologies that enhanced the area.
“SageGlass helped us achieve that ‘wow’ factor with the building,” said Bud Firstenberger, construction manager at Florida East Coast Realty. “The glass has worked as promised in controlling the sun while giving us a visually impressive piece of real estate. Everyone is happy with how it turned out.”
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.
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