During Greenbuild 2013, I had the opportunity to work at the show which was a wonderful experience. One of my volunteer assignments was at the Kimmel Center which was a short distance from the convention center. Rather than walk, I decided to take a Pedi-cab which Saint-Gobain sponsored during the show days. The biker took me up the streets and people kept calling out to us about how awesome they thought the device was. We turned almost every head on the way to the Kimmel Center.
One of our Saint-Gobain company’s, SAGE, was presenting a case study for architects regarding a special renovation project at the Kimmel Center. My job was to get everyone registered into the event. Luckily, I got invited to stay for the presentation.
This is what I learned:
The rooftop garden at the Kimmel Center was completely unusable in the summer. The sun would bake everyone in the room if left up there for a long period of time. It was such a shame since the room has beautiful views across the entire city of Philadelphia which gives you the “on top of the world” feeling.
The space could host beautiful weddings and parties – in fact, that was the goal of the Kimmel Center. The architects designed the building so not to obstruct any views of the city but that meant it was made completely out of glass. This made it a perfect project for SAGE’s electrochromic glass!
Electrochromic glass is completely controllable! I watched as they changed the glass from clear to slightly tinted to completely dark. The temperature in the room dropped by 10 degrees at least, making it very comfortable in the room. The glass can also be controlled in zones, which means that half the room can he tinted depending on the angle of the sun. It was a dramatic demonstration.
There are many great examples of SAGE glass projects on their website. It is well worth the visit.