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SageGlass provides vital daylight control in Immanuel Bible Church’s new multi-function atrium

Jan. 3, 2012

The Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia, has installed SageGlass® dynamic glass to enable state-of-the-art daylighting control as part of a multi-year, multi-million-dollar building expansion.

SageGlass provides a simple, maintenance-free way to naturally illuminate and shade the interior of the project’s centerpiece: a 58-foot-high (17.68 meters), 7,800-square-foot (2,377 square meters) multi-use atrium used as a gathering space, theatre and conference hall, as well as a video-fed overflow venue for worship services. SageGlass is installed in the atrium’s upper story with six rows of hard-to-reach clerestory windows.

The SageGlass-equipped atrium is a hub of activity. It provides a place for connection, where people can gather for conversation. It also hosts performances, concerts, movies and conferences, while the perimeter area is the site of ministry promotions. Precise lighting control is critical to the success of these various church functions.

Since the atrium’s clerestory windows are nearly inaccessible at up to 58 feet (17.68 meters) from the floor, the church selected SageGlass because it provides better light control, lightening and darkening at the push of a button without anyone needing to access the windows. According to project manager Ron Urice, the church considered using mechanized shades or blinds, but these options would have been impractical and more costly. “Blinds wouldn’t have fit in well, while mechanized shades would have required rigging, expensive maintenance, and blocked out all of the sun,” he said. “SageGlass was cost competitive with these traditional sun controls, while offering the promise of much less maintenance requirements.”

SageGlass is an electronically controlled glazing that changes tint on demand in response to changing daylight conditions, so that the glass automatically darkens or clears as needed. Immanuel Bible Church configured SageGlass controls for three settings: fully tinted, intermediate tint, and clear.

While the room-dimming qualities of SageGlass are what the church’s building committee sought during early design-phase meetings, they also wanted to optimize natural daylight in the building as much as possible to keep electrical lighting costs down. “We expect building maintenance costs to be lower because we’ll use less electricity to light the space, and there is no need to replace or repair shades and blinds,” Urice said.

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