Efficient Glass Graces Windows Of Virginia Church

A few months ago, we reported that a historic Vermont art gallery would be installing special smart glass in its skylights from SageGlass to block harmful solar rays from precious works of art. Now this glass is also being used in a church’s multi-million dollar building renovation.

Immanuel Bible Church, located in Springfield, Virginia will install SageGlass in its 58-foot-high atrium. The 7,800-square-foot atrium space is used as a conference hall and theater space for events where having the right lighting is crucial. SageGlass will take center stage in the atrium’s upper story row of windows. The glass will allow parishioners an easy way to shade and provide natural light, all with the touch of a button.

image via Sage Electrochromics

“Blinds wouldn’t have fit in well, while mechanized shades would have required rigging, expensive maintenance, and blocked out all of the sun,” said Project Manager Ron Urice. “SageGlass was cost competitive with these traditional sun controls, while offering the promise of much less maintenance requirements.”

SageGlass not only controls the solar rays that enter a building, company studies have shown that it can  reduce a building’s cooling load by 20 percent and HVAC requirements up to 30 percent. Last year, Jim Wilson, SAGE’s Chief Marketing Officer sat down for an interview with EarthTechling. He told us that while electrochromic glass has existed as an expensive architectural specialty product for years, it’s only been recently that it could be manufactured in high quantities, reducing those high costs.

When we talked to him last, SAGE Electrochromics had just partnered with glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain. The point of the partnership was to allow for higher quantities of the glass to be manufactured so it would be affordable in numerous commercial and residential applications. In fact, the company was talking about building their new 300,000+ square foot glass prodcution facility in Minnesota.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.