Saint-Gobain Provides SageGlass Electronically Tintable Dynamic Glass for
Dow Corning’s New Facility in Belgium
MINNEAPOLIS -- July 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
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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 SAGE Electrochromics, Inc.
SAGE Electrochromics is the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced dynamic
glass that can be tinted or cleared to optimize daylight and improve the human
experience in buildings. SageGlass controls the sunlight and heat that enter a
building, significantly reducing energy consumption while improving people’s
comfort and well-being. SageGlass 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. Now celebrating its 10^th year anniversary shipping SageGlass
commercially, the company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered near
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., in the heart of “the Silicon Valley of the window
industry.” SAGE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain of Paris the
world’s largest building materials company.
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Ed Marshall, 603-559-5816
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