Our company started life in 1989 with an ambitious (some thought impossible) mission: nothing less than the reinvention of glass for buildings.
Thanks in large part to our CEO and founder, John Van Dine, we embraced the challenge, chipped away at the doubt and countered it with perseverance. Although the early years brought triumphs and setbacks, the triumphs won out: SageGlass graces buildings all over the world, pleasing the owners, the people inside, and those who pay the energy bills. The world’s best-known window makers build SageGlass into their products, and noted architects spec SageGlass dynamic glass again and again.
Yet we aren’t letting up.
In 2012, we unveil the largest and most advanced electrochromic glass plant on the planet. Meeting a demand that has consistently outstripped our capacity, we’ll be producing SageGlass in bigger sizes and higher volumes than the market has ever seen.
The plant is a far cry from our first cozy lab in Valley Cottage, N.Y., or our corner of the ceramic science and engineering department at Rutgers. While those were exciting times, like many a pioneer, we outgrew our surroundings and in 1998 headed west in search of our destiny – stopping permanently, it seems, in Minnesota, “the Silicon Valley of the Window Industry.”
Having changed our name to SAGE Electrochromics, Inc., we spent the next five years honing our production process and eventually rolling out SageGlass. Right out of the gate, we were challenged to “prove it.” The US Department of Energy was an early supporter and has tested SageGlass extensively. So did industry fabricators and OEMs. SageGlass has consistently passed or exceeded standards throughout its many evaluations.
Fortunately, we got SageGlass right the first time. The US Department of Energy includes electrochromic windows in its roadmap to achieving zero-energy buildings. Researchers at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have said that full deployment of dynamic, highly insulating glazing can save up to five percent of the US energy budget. In addition to the economic benefits, that’s a lot of CO2 not going into the air.
In March 2010, we announced our SAGE triple-pane glazing product, the world’s most energy-efficient window glass. November 2010 brought more good news to our company. Paris-based Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, invested $80 million in our company. In June 2012, Saint-Gobain acquired 100 percent of the company making SAGE a wholly-owned subsidiary.
Every day, our perseverance pays off in small ways that give the world opportunities for more beautiful, energy-efficient buildings. We invite you to become a part of our story.