Modern technology will soon be used to protect treasured works of art from the past. The Art Gallery at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont has announced that it will use SageGlass in its skylights to block up to 98 percent of harmful solar rays.
The smart windows are electronically controlled and tint and untint on demand to let sun shine through while still preventing fading, glare and heat gain. In addition to protecting the gallery’s priceless collections, the glass is also expected to save energy thanks to its triple-pane glazing. Studies have shown that the glass lowers electricity costs and can help reduce energy consumption by more than 50 percent over single-pane glazing.
The choice to incorporate the SageGlass into the art gallery came recently when it was found the skylights in the 140 year-old building were deteriorating. Gallery officials saw it as an opportunity to better control the sun’s harmful UV rays. The gallery is home to 120 paintings, sculptures and other works highlighting the American landscape.
“The Athenaeum was built by individuals in the nineteenth century who embraced and promoted innovative technologies and design,” Matthew Powers, the Athenaeum’s Executive Director said in a statement. “Today, we continue this tradition with the application of SageGlass in our Art Gallery. SageGlass will provide energy savings, protect our important collection from harmful UV solar radiation and enhance our visitor experience.”