MINNEAPOLIS, November 17, 2015 – SageGlass®, the pioneer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass, and MechoSystems announce today the launch of a joint-technology partnership. SageGlass’ dynamic LightZone TM technology, a product of Saint-Gobain, and MechoSystems’ automated SolarTrac® technology will now be offered as an integrated solution for solar control. Together, the two leading companies will help architects and building owners maximize daylighting, occupant well-being and outdoor views. SageGlass and MechoSystems announced this partnership at the Greenbuild International Conference, the world’s largest conference dedicated to green building and sustainability.
“With the integration of SolarTrac technology, we’re extending SageGlass’ position as the leader in electrochromic glazing by enabling even more sophisticated levels of solar control,” said Alan McLenaghan, CEO of SageGlass. “MechoSystems brings more than 50 years of automation technology to SageGlass and we’re pleased to work in close collaboration with them to advance occupant-sensitive design. Our mission continues to be to improve the human experience for everyone in the built environment and this partnership is another example of our commitment and leadership.”
This partnership brings MechoSystems’ award-winning SolarTrac technology to SageGlass’ dynamic three-panel LightZone solution, enhancing the ability of SageGlass to optimize the influx of light and heat, including depth of solar penetration and management of shadow and reflective conditions. With SolarTrac, SageGlass tint levels adjust according to a predictive sky analysis and user-defined heat-load and solar-penetration thresholds. This proprietary approach to dynamic glazing dramatically reduces energy demand and mitigates the need for over-built HVAC systems.
“MechoSystems and SageGlass share a common mission to provide a more comfortable, healthy, energy conserving, and sustainable environment for building occupants,” said Joel Berman, chairman at MechoSystems. “By integrating our leading technologies, we’re offering our customers the most predictive dynamic GlazingManagement™ solution available today.”
Through collaborative sales, marketing and R&D initiatives, SageGlass and MechoSystems will combine areas of expertise to provide architects and customers in the contract, commercial office, higher education and healthcare sectors with new solutions for maximizing daylight with sustainable design in the built environment.
MechoSystems is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of manual, motorized, and automated shading systems. The company has had a deep impact on the evolution of energy-conserving architecture and design for more than half a century. Through the foresight of founder Joel Berman, who remains as the chairman, an entire industry was created.
Today’s WindowManagement® solutions deliver control, comfort, and energy savings. Products include the original, manual chain-driven MechoShade®, the motorized ElectroShade®, the intelligent WhisperShade® IQ®, and the automated SolarTrac® control system for all motorized window-covering solutions and electronically tintable SageGlass.
The SolarTrac System optimizes the influx of light and heat at the window wall by providing automatic, incremental adjustments to roller shades, louvered blinds, and electrochromic glazing. The system has earned a place in hundreds of the world’s most notable architectural projects because of its patented predictive modeling program and real-time sky analysis, through its SolarEvaluation® program and computing capabilities.
MechoSystems welcomes hard-to-solve design and technical challenges, such as the shading of non-rectangular, sloping, high, wide, monumental, difficult-to-access, and other non-standard windows. The company continues to be distinguished by its scientific approach to problem-solving as well as its planet-respecting concerns of sustainability and off-gassing. Learn more at mechosystems.com.
SageGlass® is the pioneer of the world’s smartest electrochromic glass and is transforming the indoor experience for people by connecting the built and natural environments. Electronically tintable SageGlass, a product of Saint-Gobain, dynamically optimizes daylight and manages temperature – all while maintaining unobstructed views of the outdoors. With SageGlass, building occupants can comfortably experience the biophilic benefits of the outdoors, including stress reduction, enhanced creativity and an improved sense of well-being. Unlike conventional sun controls such as mechanical window shades or blinds, SageGlass allows architects to elegantly solve solar control challenges without sacrificing aesthetics and design. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, SageGlass is backed by 350 years of building science expertise that only the world leader in sustainable environments can provide. Ready to look again? Visit www.SageGlass.com, @Sage_Glass, Facebook.com/SageGlass.
About Saint-Gobain in North America
For 350 years, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in sustainable environments, has designed and manufactured high-performance building materials that improve the lives of people all over the world. From the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles and the glass pyramid at the Louvre, to The Statue of Liberty and The World Trade Center, and even components that allow the Mars Rover Curiosity to seek out life on another planet, Saint-Gobain has been a part of the fabric of human history, advancement and improvement for three and a half centuries – and 2015 is the company’s commemorative year.
In North America, the company upholds this rich history of innovation by making a material difference in the spaces where people work, live, play, heal and learn. Along with its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Saint-Gobain 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 $6.2 billion in 2014. Join Saint-Gobain in a celebration of the company’s 350 years of innovation, wonders and advancements by visiting www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook and Twitter.
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 €41 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 66 countries and has over 180,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, visit www.saint-gobain.com and the Twitter account @saintgobain or download the “Saint-Gobain Shareholder” application for tablet and smartphone.