SageGlass wins green prize

SageGlass, manufactured by the SaintGobain group, scooped the Gaia Award for the most innovative green construction product at The Big 5 2016’s Middle East ceremony, celebrating sustainability.

The awards honour companies in the construction industry whose products and services demonstrate a reduction of construction’s impact on the built environ- ment. The product was selected as the winner by a panel of industry experts headed by Dr. Alaa K. Ashmawy, professor of Civil Engineering and Dean of the School of Engineering at the American University in Dubai (AUD).

SageGlass won the innovation award for its smart tintable glass solution, intelligent solar control glazing developed to offer an environmentally friendly and energy- efficient alternative to blinds or shades.

By blocking sunlight on hot days, SageGlass is claimed to “dramatically reduce energy demand and the need for heating ventilation and air conditioning.” Discussing the reasons behind SageGlass’

award, Big 5 event director Josine Heijmans said: “With the UAE’s and region’s focus on delivering sustainability in construction it was paramount to choose sustainability as a key theme in this year’s Big 5. Visitors to The Big 5 are constantly looking for innovative products that are environmentally friendly and the Gaia Awards helps us uncover these products and technologies and share them with the construction and design industry.”