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SAINT-GOBAIN unveils SageGlass at BAU 2013 in Munich

Jan. 15, 2013

SAGE, the world’s leading manufacturer of dynamic glass for windows, skylights and curtain walls, is demonstrating at this year’s BAU giving visitors the opportunity to see at first hand its electronically tintable glass and impact on glare and solar heat management.

SAGE is entering the European market of sustainable building design, equipped with 10 years of customer experience in the USA together with the leadership position of Saint-Gobain. The manufacturer will use BAU as the European launch for the first public showing of SageGlass following its acquisition by market leader Saint-Gobain.

SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass for windows, skylights and curtain walls that tints or clears to modulate light, solar heat gain and glare. Rather than using conventional sun controls such as motorised window shades, blinds and louvres that tend to block sunlight and views, SageGlass provides a solution that enhances occupant comfort and enables unobstructed views of the outdoors. It can change the visible light transmission and solar heat gain in a room at the push of a button or automatically via the SageGlass proprietary control system or a building automation system. The unique patented technology also offers a superior performance in switching time and increases a building’s value.

“BAU will be a terrific opportunity to showcase SageGlass’s impact on daylight and sun heat for the first time to the German market,” said Kirk Ratzel, Director of Marketing and Sales, SAGE SAINT-GOBAIN Europe. “We will be demonstrating to BAU visitors the unique properties of SageGlass that are perfect for the European market. We are excited to offer customers the chance to come and see the technology for themselves to better understand how SageGlass can help optimise the comfort and productivity of a building’s occupants. By adjusting electronically the level of tint, SageGlass allows the control of daylight and solar heat, therefore maximising occupant comfort and energy efficiency.”

SageGlass glazing level of tint can be dynamically controlled between 62% and up to 2% of light transmittance while always being transparent so that building occupants have an unobstructed view of the outdoors. Providing 2% of light transmittance is the only way to protect building occupants from direct sun glare without using mechanical shades. SageGlass opens new design opportunities for architects and building owners to create more comfortable living spaces and productive working environments while getting rid of standard shading solutions and maximising the energy efficiency of the building.

This is achieved because SageGlass tint also manages the solar heat with a g value varying from 0.42 in its clearest state to 0.05 in the darkest state (values for a DGU with a Ug value of 1.1 W/m2.k). Controlled by SageGlass dedicated automatic control system, the tint will adapt automatically to the outdoor luminance and therefore will enable a unique energy efficient and comfortable solution for buildings.

BAU 14th – 19th January 2013
Hall C2, Stand 514


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 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.

For more information visit:

Website: www.sageglass.com

Twitter: twitter.com/Sage_Glass

Facebook: Facebook.com/SageGlass

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