OUR SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING COMMITMENT
SageGlass shares our parent company Saint-Gobain’s mission to create great living spaces by combining comfort and sustainability to enhance the wellbeing of people everywhere. We believe that comfort can no longer be separated from a responsible and sustainable view of the world. It must be devised at the collective level. Together, Saint-Gobain and SageGlass strive to develop building materials that meet the highest levels of performance and sustainability standards across the world.
At SageGlass, we’re committed to sustainable glass processing, as well as supporting sustainability in building design, construction and operations globally. We aim to not only provide low-energy architectural glass solutions, but also to lead by example with sustainable business practices that reduce energy use, create a smaller carbon footprint, preserve natural resources, and increase awareness and education throughout the building industry.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY GLASS MANUFACTURING
SageGlass is produced in the world’s largest electrochromic glass plant, which proudly holds LEED® Gold certification – something you won’t find at very many manufacturing facilities. Our sustainable facility reflects SageGlass and Saint-Gobain’s strong principles of environmental responsibility and economic viability.
The 320,000-square-foot (30,000 meters) plant, located in Faribault, Minnesota, USA is capable of annually producing several million square feet of dynamic glass. The SageGlass facility is a model for green manufacturing, incorporating a number of innovations that improve energy efficiency as well as the health, comfort and happiness of employees.
SageGlass was selected as the “Energy Champion” as part of Saint-Gobain’s sustainability awards program, which recognizes company locations across North America for their sustainability efforts. Through an energy reduction strategy, SageGlass evaluated all of our energy-using systems, from lighting to HVAC to manufacturing processes, and designed programs, capital projects and educational tools to reduce energy intensity by 54 percent in one year.
OUR COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY
Saint-Gobain and SageGlass consider the environmental impact of our businesses at every stage, from product design through manufacturing to the point of sale and product disposal at the end of life. We actively participate in sustainable architecture certification programs to ensure we’re meeting the latest environmental standards.
SageGlass offers a third-party verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) label that provide architects, owners and other specifiers with transparency documentation on the life-cycle environmental and impact of our products. The EPD label further supports Saint-Gobain’s world leadership in material transparency and make it easier for architects and owners to achieve green certifications such as LEED®, BREEAM, WELL, LBC and Estidama.
The EPD also helps SageGlass evaluate its own environmental impact. Along with Saint-Gobain, we use Lifecycle Assessments (LCAs) as a critical part of our eco-innovation process to identify impact-reduction opportunities at every stage of the lifecycle and quantify those reductions for improved and second-generation products.