Houston Area Community College prioritizes wellness and sustainability with Smart Glass
FARIBAULT, Minn., June 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A forward-thinking community college in the Houston The region is embracing smart glass technology to create a better outcome for people and the planet.
SageGlass, world leader in electrochromic glass, was chosen by San Jacinto College for a new teaching building on its central campus in Pasadena, TX. SageGlass will supply SageGlass Harmony® electrochromic glass, controls and software for the building.
Electrochromic glass – also known as smart glass or dynamic glass – uses advanced intelligence to automatically tint throughout the day, reducing glare and regulating temperatures while letting in natural light and preserving views of the surroundings , which traditional shading cannot. This technology promotes the well-being of the occupants and saves energy. SageGlass Harmony isn’t the only standout design element in from San Jacinto new building, which is (for now) United States’ the largest teaching building constructed with solid wood.
“I think that San Jacinto made with the solid wood and smart glass is really exciting,” said Michael Lane, vice president of North American sales for SageGlass. “They are showing other educational institutions what is possible in terms of sustainability, ease of construction and occupant well-being. I expect other schools to follow suit.”
The new 122,000 square foot building replaces two older facilities on the central campus quadrangle. It includes 60 teaching spaces for math, pre-engineering, college-prep, English, and social studies classes. The design bridges the past and the future, with a brick exterior, exposed solid wood beams, and a two-story lobby with abundant natural light courtesy of SageGlass smart glass.
“This is our fourth SageGlass project,” said chuck smithAssociate Vice-Chancellor of Tax Initiatives, at San Jacinto College. “Solid wood and smart glass complement each other well and reduce the need for blinds or shades. We evaluate smart glass alternatives for each project and use it wherever it offers a cycle cost advantage. Our students benefit from glare-free, light-filled spaces and our taxpayers benefit because we can maintain comfort with reduced demand on the HVAC system.”
New San Jacinto The educational building was designed by Kirksey Architecture and constructed by Tellepsen Builders, with glazing by Vision Enclosure Walls. Its opening is scheduled for the fall semester of 2022.
“It’s exciting to be part of this San Jacinto College project including both solid wood and smart glass,” said Pat Pollard, Vice President at Tellepsen Builders. “San Jacinto is very thoughtful in its selection of building materials, prioritizing sustainability, well-being and aesthetics. With solid wood and SageGlass smart glass, this building will be a campus favorite and a great example for other schools to follow. »
SageGlass is the world leader in electrochromic glass and is transforming the human experience in the built environment. Thanks to this smart technology, the dynamic glass tints and clears automatically to optimize daylight and regulate temperature, while maintaining a clear view of the outside.
With SageGlass, building occupants comfortably experience the biophilic benefits of the outdoors, including reduced stress, increased creativity, and greater well-being. Architects choose SageGlass to solve solar control problems elegantly without sacrificing aesthetics. And SageGlass can help building owners use less energy and achieve sustainability and wellness certifications. The SageGlass Symphony® control system can be integrated into smart, connected building systems.
SageGlass holds over 1,300 patents and counting. And as a 100% subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, SageGlass draws on more than 350 years of building science expertise that only the world leader in sustainable environments can provide.
Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions for the construction, mobility, health and other industrial application markets. Developed in a process of continuous innovation, they are found everywhere in our living spaces and our daily lives, providing well-being, performance and safety, while meeting the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and fight against climate change.
This responsible growth strategy is guided by Saint-Gobain’s raison d’être, “Making the World a Better Home”, which responds to our common ambition to act every day to make the world a more beautiful and more sustainable.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by historic landmarks, evolving industries, today’s maritime businesses and tomorrow’s space age, San Jacinto College served the people of East Harris County, Texassince 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top five community colleges in the nation, as named by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College spans five campuses serving approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit each year, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates in eight major fields of study that allow students to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College impact on region totals $1.3 billion in additional income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is financially sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.
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