SageGlass in Saint-Gobain’s New North American Headquarters Highlights Company’s Commitment to Sustainable Design

  SageGlass in Saint-Gobain’s New North American Headquarters Highlights
  Company’s Commitment to Sustainable Design

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- June 3, 2014

SageGlass^®, a product of Saint-Gobain, will be featured in Saint-Gobain’s new
state-of-the-art North American corporate headquarters located at 20 Moores
Road in Malvern, Pa.

Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company, is transforming
an existing space into a LEED-certified facility for Saint-Gobain and its
North American construction materials subsidiary, CertainTeed Corporation. The
$80 million redevelopment project, expected to be completed in the fall of
2015, will take full advantage of Saint-Gobain’s extensive portfolio of green
building materials and technologies, including SageGlass, to create an
energizing, sustainable work environment that will attract and retain top
talent for years to come.

"Saint-Gobain products are found in workplaces all over the world and we are
excited to demonstrate how our products create a better workplace experience
for our more than 800 employees that will work in the new headquarters,” said
John Crowe, president and CEO of Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corporations.
“SageGlass will not only help us to transform the existing structure into an
iconic workplace with a dramatic design, but will allow our employees to take
in all the benefits from daylight without experiencing the drawbacks.”

SageGlass dynamic glass will replace the energy inefficient curtain wall of
the current structure to create both a visually stunning and energy efficient
multi-story curtain wall on the building’s western and southern facades, where
sunlight is most intensive. SageGlass is electronically tintable glass that
maximizes daylight and outdoor views in buildings while controlling glare and
heat gain.

“Our mission is to help building occupants enjoy the benefits of natural
daylight and maintain a view and connection to the outdoors,” said Alan
McLenaghan, CEO of SAGE. “We are looking forward to working with the entire
Saint-Gobain family to make the new North American headquarters aesthetically
pleasing, comfortable to work in and a model of energy efficiency.”

While reducing energy consumption and sun glare were key objectives in the
re-design, preserving an outdoor connection to the scenic 65-acre campus –
which includes woods, fields, a pond and a stream – for the benefit of people
inside was another reason for using SageGlass, according to architect Neil
Liebman, principal of Bernardon Haber Holloway, who designed the exterior.

“The ability to have natural outdoor spaces that are complementary to the
interior was important to the design. SageGlass blocks the more harmful
aspects of the sun without spoiling the connection to the outdoor natural
environment,” said Liebman. “This is my first time working with SageGlass, and
I think it’s an amazing glazing technology. I’m excited about the opportunity
to integrate it into the design, and can’t wait to see it in full operation.”

LEED certification is being sought for the 320,000 square foot redevelopment
project. The goal is to create a next-generation workplace that maximizes
comfort and air quality through the use of a wide range of building material
innovations from Saint-Gobain’s product portfolio. In addition to SageGlass,
the headquarters will include materials from CertainTeed Corporation,
Saint-Gobain ADFORS, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and others from
Saint-Gobain's family of companies. Incorporating these products will create a
"living laboratory" where the company’s research team can measure the impact
its products will have on a real workspace environment.

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 North America

Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, 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
265 locations in North America and approximately 15,000 employees. In the
United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.9
billion in 2013.

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 and
2014 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 and connect with the company on Facebook and

About Saint-Gobain

Located in 64 countries and headquartered in Paris with approximately 187,000
employees, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction
markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing
innovative solutions to meet growing demand for energy efficiency and for
environmental protection. For more information about Saint-Gobain, please

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Ed Marshall for SAGE, 603-559-5816
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