GPIC Hub to study SAGE's SageGlass Technology at Philadelphia Navy Yard

December 5, 2011

The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy Efficient Buildings (GPIC) will be the site for a novel research and development project that will study the effectiveness of SAGE's SageGlass windows, according to Azo Clean Tech.

This glass, which is electronically tintable, will be used as part of the model window for the research project at the GPIC innovation hub, the news source reported. This site, located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, is one of the energy innovation hubs that were set up by the U.S. Department of Energy to help increase the creation of green jobs and national energy independence.

The GPIC site is made up of organizations from the business sector, academia, energy development agencies and the government, and this consortium will work to evaluate and demonstrate sophisticated energy efficient technologies, policies and methods.

The Philadelphia Navy Yard was set up to be the center for the GPIC's efforts in making energy efficient research, policy, education and commercialization. The organization is looking to transform the building industry by using energy efficient integrated systems to attain a 50 percent decrease in the use of energy by commercial properties, accelerate quality job creation and private investment in Greater Philadelphia.

According to Azo Clean Tech, this specific SAGE project is one of seven introductory Opportunity Research Fund grants. 

The Opportunity Research Fund (ORF) is an element of the GPIC which provides grants of between $100,000 and $250,000 to support research, development, demonstration, and deployment of technologies, policies, business models, and training programs that advance GPIC goals.

The news source reported that the SageGlass technology was selected to study the occupant comfort and energy efficiency that can be attained through electrochromic glazing in facilities that are directly exposed to sunlight. The technology tints or untints to change visible light, glare and heat gain through the pressing of a button.

Along with exposing the building and its occupants to more natural light and better outdoor views, the SageGlass controls solar heat gain, which helps to reduce lighting energy costs for a building by up to 60 percent. It can also help to limit HVAC requirements by up to 30 percent and energy consumption by up to 20 percent, according to the news source.

The GPIC's research and demonstration project on SageGlass will investigate a retrofit solution to promote the use of the technology, Azo Clean Tech reported.