We put windows on buildings so we can enjoy the view outside. So what's the point in having a window if it frequently needs to be covered by blinds or shades in order to block the hot sun?
Thatís why, in 2003, Sage Electrochromics introduced the world's only commercially available, electronically tintable glass. You can tint the glass manually with the push of a button, or you can set the glass to respond to changes in the weather outside and tint itself. As if that wasn't enough, in March of this year, Sage introduced a super-insulated glass product that combined tintability with triple-paned thickness ó Sage calls this product the most energy efficient glass ever.
"Itís just such an alternative for people who want to have the energy performance in the building, but still want to maintain the view and connection to the outdoors," said Jim Wilson, Chief Marketing Officer at SAGE Electrochromics. "We believe it is such an advancement in terms in green building technology."
Although many of the projects featured on Sage's website are installations in large-scale commercial spaces, Wilson said that the company has sold plenty of glass to residences for smaller scale projects. For example, many homeowners have installed SageGlass on only one skylight.
One skylight ó sounds like a manageable, realistic project for the average homeowner. But how much would it cost? Wilson didnít want to tell us the current price, since, due to an incoming grant from the Department of Energy, Sage is planning to expand its manufacturing facility, which Wilson hopes will make the glass much cheaper in the near future.
We think SageGlass sounds like a good way to save money on energy bills (that is, if the cost of the glass itself doesn't break the bank!) and to save the environment, but what do you think? Would you convert a skylight or two to SageGlass, or are you content with the glass you have?