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SageGlass® Wins Gaia 2016 Innovation Award

Dynamic SageGlass Recognized as Most Innovative Product in the Middle East

Jan. 9, 2017

SageGlass®, the pioneer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass, was awarded the prestigious Gaia Award for the most innovative green construction product at The Big 5 2016’s Middle East ceremony. The Big 5 Gaia Awards honor companies in the construction sector whose products and services demonstrate a reduction of construction's impact on the built environment. SageGlass, a product of Saint-Gobain, won the innovation award for its dynamic electrochromic glass and was one of just ten products selected out of multiple entries.

The product was selected as the winner by a panel of industry experts headed by Dr. Alaa K. Ashmawy, professor of Civil Engineering and Dean of the School of Engineering at AUD.

“With the UAE’s and region’s focus on delivering sustainability in construction it was paramount to choose sustainability as a key theme in this year’s Big 5,” said Josine Heijmans, Big 5 event director. “It’s with this backdrop that the Gaia Awards are more relevant than ever. Visitors to The Big 5 are constantly looking for innovative products that are environmentally friendly and the Gaia Awards helps us uncover these products and technologies and share them with the construction and design.”

SageGlass, distributed in the Middle East by Vetrotech Saint-Gobain International, dynamically controls sunlight to optimize daylight, outdoor views and comfort while preventing glare, fading and overheating without the need for blinds or shades. By blocking sunlight on hot days, SageGlass dramatically reduces energy demand and the need for heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).

“The Gaia Awards is our first recognition in the region. I am truly proud of this achievement that recognizes the work of the whole SageGlass team to offer a great solution to our customer in the region where solar heat and glare are major issues for building developers and owners,” said Alain Garnier, Sales and Business Manager, SageGlass Middle East. “Sustainability is one of the key advantages that SageGlass brings to the construction industry. From reduced energy consumption through to the increased comfort and well-being of building inhabitants, SageGlass is a product innovation for the habitat, and offers great new design opportunities for architects.”

About SageGlass®

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 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.

About Saint-Gobain

Backed by its experience and capacity to continuously innovate, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction market, designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance building materials that provide innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2015 sales of 39.6 billion euros, Saint-Gobain operates in 66 countries and has more than 170,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, visit www.saint-gobain.com and @saintgobain on Twitter or download the “Saint-Gobain Shareholder” application for tablets and smartphones.


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