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SageGlass Receives 2015 Product Innovation Award From Architectural Products

LightZone™ recognized as “Most Unique” for its ability to dynamically control sunlight and enhance comfort for building occupants

Nov. 16, 2015

SageGlass®, the pioneer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass, received a 2015 Product Innovation Award (PIA) from Architectural Products. SageGlass LightZone™, a product of Saint-Gobain, was recognized in the “Windows, Doors and Openings” category. LightZone was also cited as “Most Unique” for its ability to control sunlight and enhance occupant comfort in a variety of geometrically shaped tinting zones. The PIAs honor innovation in the development and refinement of buildings-related products, in addition to manufacturers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership.

“LightZone is the most dynamic electrochromic glass product available today and we’re thrilled to be recognized with a PIA,” said Alan McLenaghan, CEO of SageGlass. “LightZone provides architects with a superior solution for solar control and greater design freedom to bring their vision to life. The future of design is occupant-sensitive and SageGlass is the connector between the built and natural environment.”
SageGlass dynamically controls sunlight to optimize daylight, maintain outdoor views, and enhance comfort by preventing glare and solar heat. LightZone enables the ability to create up to three variable tint zones within a single pane of SageGlass. With custom zoning strategies to provide the ideal balance of sunlight, LightZone dramatically reduces energy demand and the need for over-sized HVAC. Further, SageGlass provides architects with additional design freedom for building envelopes because it is available in a variety of geometric shapes and zoning patterns. LightZone also improves “light blending” to achieve optimal color rendering in the indoor environment, which helps enhance occupant experience and productivity.

“Building on the success of last year’s program, our fifth edition of the awards proves commercial building manufacturers are committed to, and are working arduously toward, delivering more sustainable products, as well as products that deliver better performance, life and affordability,” said Jim Crockett, Editorial Director at Architectural Products.

The PIAs are judged by a group of 35 independent industry professionals including architects, interior designers, lighting designers and veteran writers. Architectural Products magazine will recognize PIA recipients in the Nov. 2015 issue.

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