USGlass names SageGlass product of the year
SAGE continued its recent string of industry and business accolades when its dynamic SageGlass® took home the 2011 Product of the Year award from USGlass magazine.Feb. 8, 2012
The USGlass awards are based on what readers consider the most significant new products introduced in 2011. The SageGlass triple-pane glazing product won the “Dynamic Glazing Product of the Year” for being the world’s most energy-efficient window glass. It’s the first glazing product to combine electrochromic glazing technology with highly insulating, triple-pane construction.
SAGE was also recently recognized for its contributions to Minnesota’s green economy when its founder and CEO, John Van Dine, was named one of Twin Cities Business magazine’s Top 200 Minnesotans. The honor is an annual listing of rising stars, agents of change, industry leaders, creative geniuses, sports stars and celebrities that are “shaping our communities, our social fabric, our state’s economy, and our sense of identity,” according to the publication.
SAGE was also chosen as a finalist in the magazine’s 2011 Small Business Success Stories, and recognized at an awards dinner January 12.
SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass for windows, skylights and curtain walls that tints or clears at the push of button. It frees architects to use glass in their building designs, allowing building occupants to enjoy natural light and a view to the outdoors. SageGlass modulates light, heat gain and glare. Rather than using conventional sun controls such as mechanized window shades, blinds and louvers that tend to block sunlight and views, SageGlass provides a solution that enhances occupant comfort and enables unobstructed outdoor views. By regulating solar heat gain, it conserves energy and reduces the capacity requirements of HVAC systems.
The USGlass and Twin Cities Business honors are the latest in a run of industry recognition and awards that SAGE has received in recent months, including Architectural Products’ Product Innovation Award, the BATIMAT International Innovation Award, and Bloomberg’s New Energy Pioneer award, to name a few.
“We are grateful for the recent industry recognition and very proud to be honored locally by Twin Cities Business,” said Van Dine. “This year is an exciting time for SAGE as we prepare to open our new high-volume manufacturing facility and bring more green jobs to Minnesota.”
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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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.