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Saint-Gobain provides SageGlass electronically tintable dynamic glass for Dow Corning’s new facility in Belgium

Jul. 17, 2013

Dow Corning has used SageGlass® tintable glazings in its extension of the Solar Energy Exploration and Development (SEED) centre, a state-of-the-art research and development facility in Seneffe, Belgium. This will provide a dynamic and comfortable sustainable glazing solution and help achieve the highest energy efficiency standards, says Mr. Francis Sputael, project manager of the SEED’s extension.

The SEED centre, designed by architect Patrick de Grave from EARCH Engineering and design office, showcases Dow Corning silicones solutions for green buildings, sustainable design and green technologies, and must therefore promote insulating and sustainable architecture while providing an energy-efficient and comfortable working space for occupants.

Located on a bridge between two newly-constructed buildings – the Solar Application Centre and the Innovation Technology Centre – the complex required an aesthetically-pleasing transparent glazing solution to control solar light, heat gain and glare. SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass that maximizes daylight and outdoor views in the building while controlling glare and heat gain without using internal or external shading. The glass can darken or clear manually or automatically to save energy and help keep building occupants continuously comfortable throughout the day. 

SageGlass was installed into the SEED centre as structural glazing using Dow Corning silicones. The windows are managed by the SageGlass control system in two automatic switching zones. Depending on the solar exposure of the façade, which is monitored by light sensors, the glass darkens or clears to take full advantage of daylight and prevent solar heat gain. Thanks to a presence detector and light level sensors, artificial lights are switched on and off automatically to maximize energy efficiency. Installing SageGlass also enabled the SEED centre to make the most of the entire meeting room without the challenge of internal shading solutions taking up valuable space.

“SageGlass allowed us to maintain the concept of transparency and lightness for the conviviality zone, despite a very high sun exposure in the meeting room,” said Mr. de Grave. “At the same time, this innovative technology will motivate the researchers working in the building to reconsider existing standard solutions.”

Photos of this and other SAGE projects can be found at: https://www.sageglass.com/en/case-studies.


Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2011 sales of more than €42 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 195,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, visit www.saint-gobain.com.

About Dow Corning

Dow Corning, a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide with more than 7,000 products and services. In Construction, Dow Corning brings 40+ years of experience of Silicone-based solutions for commercial glazing and facades, Structural Glazing, Insulating Glass, weatherproofing as well as high performance insulation. The company was founded in 1943 and is equally owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Corning, Incorporated, visit www.dowcorning.com.

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.

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Website: www.sageglass.com

Twitter: twitter.com/Sage_Glass

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LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/sageglass

YouTube: Youtube.com/SAGEElectrochromics

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