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Monthly Lunch and Learn 6/14/17

June 14, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

An Introduction to Dynamic Glazing: Improving the human experience in buildings with electrochromics

Understanding how electrochromic glazing  can be used to control solar heat gain, reduce glare & fading but also how electrochromic glazing can help  solve the competing challenges of simultaneously achieving energy performance, daylight and views as well as human comfort. It has become clear through studies that humans need daylight at the right times of the day to remain healthy and productive. Lack of daylight can lead to significant health issues such as diabetes, poor weight management, heart disease, mood swings and an increased risk of cancer. We need the right dosage of daylight of the right wavelength and at the right time. Heat and glare can counteract the positive benefits of daylight and our views. The cornerstones of a sustainable (green) building design is low energy consumption, the ability to provide access to daylight and views to the occupants yet also providing thermal and visual comfort.  All the sustainable design codes and standards now recognize these requirements which can all too often be conflicting. The challenge in today’s “green building” design is to attain a good balance between energy savings, occupant visual and thermal comfort and the access to daylight and views.  While providing windows for daylighting and views, the quantity and quality of daylight coming into the interior must be managed.  If there is too much solar heat gain or loss and daylight is not harvested the energy load will increase in the building.  Likewise, if there is inadequate solar control on the façade or inadequate glare control, occupants will suffer thermal and visual discomfort. Also, if there is no dynamic response for glare planned, any energy savings anticipated from daylight harvesting will be negated because occupants will operate manual blinds which will stay down long after the glare condition has passed, causing views and daylight admission to be blocked the lights to stay on.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the performance of electrochromic glazing and how it can be used  to solve the competing challenge of energy performance, daylight and views, and human comfort.
  • Analyze the aesthetic performance of next-generation electrochromic glazing and how it works compared to conventional solar control solutions.
  • Examine the human factors benefits with electrochromics.
  • Explain how electrochromic systems can be controlled to meet energy performance and user needs.
  • Understand the key aspects of zoning with electrochromics and how zoning can be used to optimize the tradeoffs of glare, daylight admission, energy performance and light color quality.

Course#: sage102

AIA Credit is equal to:  One Learning Unit HSW|SD

AIA Members | FREE with RSVP
Non-members | $15 with RSVP
No RSVP | $20 at the Door




RSVP by June 12th or lunch cannot be guaranteed!
Please bring payment to presentation, cash accepted, or make checks payable to AIA San Joaquin

Sponsored by: SageGlass

Presentation Speaker Name :  Amie Fluke
Amie is the Northern California territory manager for SageGlass a division of Saint-Gobain.
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SageGlass is fully-owned subsidy of Saint-Gobain, a world leader in the production of building supplies.  SageGlass is produced in the Unites States at our factory in Faribault, MN.  Dynamic, electronically tintable SageGlass enables building owners and operators to actively control daylight and solar heat, improving occupant comfort and significantly reducing energy consumption and costs.  As a result, SageGlass allows architects to design sustainable, visually compelling buildings with exceptional energy efficiency and it creates opportunities for glazing and general contractors to install more windows and generate higher profits.

Short 1 minute video on Sage Glass.

SageGlass PDF Brochure: Architect Brochure





June 14, 2017
11:30 am - 1:30 pm


Central California Builders Exchange
1244 N Mariposa St
Fresno, CA 93703 United States
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