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Tavares Pavilion uses SageGlass dynamic glass to create beautiful waterfront oasis without blocking the view

Oct. 21, 2014

The Pavilion on the Lake in Tavares, Florida, installed walls of SageGlass® on three sides of the facility to create stunning waterfront views that impress guests regardless of harsh sun conditions, while also saving big on energy costs.  

The city-owned Tavares Pavilion is a beautiful 8,000 square foot facility built at the end of a 150′ long pier over Lake Dora. It is used for weddings, family gatherings and other community functions.

A south-facing, two-story curtain wall of SageGlass, a product of Saint-Gobain, provides a visually dramatic backdrop to a winding staircase that serves as the centerpiece for wedding ceremonies, presentations and other celebrations. Controlling solar glare and heat gain without blocking the outdoor view with shades or blinds was a key design objective for the $6.3 million building project, according to Carrie Petroski, Tavares Pavilion Manager.

“The glass wall is the first thing that wows people when they enter the building. So preserving the outdoor view was a key selling point for the Pavilion,” she said. “But we had a unique challenge controlling the sun. Since we are on the lake, sun glare is compounded because it reflects off the water and bounces onto the building.”

SageGlass is electronically tintable dynamic glass that darkens or clears automatically in response to the sun’s movements throughout the day while preserving the outdoor view.

SageGlass is helping the Pavilion save energy costs by reducing the cooling load from the hot Florida sun.  But more importantly, it is helping to create a unique, comfortable indoor environment for celebrations and events. “People really love the ‘island oasis vibe’ of the space,” Petroski said. “The glass walls provide a beautiful backdrop for weddings, and the unparalleled lake view can be seen from vantage points throughout the Pavilion. We can pretty much guarantee that everyone will be able to take breathtaking photos while creating unforgettable memories in this space.”

SageGlass’ ability to mitigate the fading effects of the sun was another important reason for selecting dynamic glass. The indoor space was constructed with impeccable wood craftsmanship and outfitted with antiques and fine furnishings such as carved sideboards and credenzas for linen and glassware storage; wicker, rattan, and reed furniture; original artwork; mahogany-finished, Chiavari chairs for dining; a grand piano; wooden floors; and an ornately carved, two-tier winding staircase. “We made a big investment in the interior design. And SageGlass helps us protect that investment by preventing the sun from discoloring the furnishings and artwork,” Petroski added.


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 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