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Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School Uses SageGlass

SageGlass is being used by Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School, Melbourne, Australia to ensure better sustainability and daylighting and simultaneously to conserve the 19th-century appeal of one among its school buildings built based on Edwardian style.

SageGlass is electronically tintable glass that improves the way people experience daylight in buildings.

The recently renovated Sharwood House has seven modern classrooms and outdoor spaces. One major design objective of the project was to enhance the quality of the learning environment, which was achieved by intensifying natural daylight in the school and enhancing its sustainability on the whole. The school had to conform to the zoning rules to shield the building’s frontage and historic features as it abutted a residential street, and merges into the streetscape of the Edwardian row houses.

The atrium, which posed a challenge to the designers functions as both an assembly and an indoor play area. Architect Daryl Jackson wanted to lessen artificial lighting and optimize natural daylight to save on energy costs to create an ambience favorable for learning. However, the roof’s direction brought in extreme sunlight and heat at specific times of the day.
Jackson contemplated using automated shades and other building paraphernalia to manage the sun, but the project’s blueprint and sustainability goals will be compromised. Hence the atrium skylights were glazed with SageGlass that changes shades automatically to manage the glare, heat gain and fading brought about by the sun. SageGlass averts destructive effects to the interior and prevents 98% of the overall solar radiation and allows enough sunlight to come into the building excluding the undesirable heat gain.

Ivanhoe Girls’ school provides an example of how SageGlass fits effortlessly into different projects, spanning newly constructed office buildings with the state-of-the-art building management system technology to modernize a century old heritage building wherein it is essential to merge in artistically with the background.

SageGlass is part of a complete green building design approach that integrates cooling and passive heating and preservation of water. A building management system incorporates skylights, which has light sensors that automatically stimulate the shading and unshading all through the day based on the direction of the sun. SageGlass tint can be controlled manually also by pressing a button.


Joel Scanlon

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Joel relocated to Australia in 1995 from the United Kingdom and spent five years working in the mining industry as an exploration geotechnician. His role involved utilizing GIS mapping and CAD software. Upon transitioning to the North Coast of NSW, Australia, Joel embarked on a career as a graphic designer at a well-known consultancy firm. Subsequently, he established a successful web services business catering to companies across the eastern seaboard of Australia. It was during this time that he conceived and launched News-Medical.Net. Joel has been an integral part of AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000. Joel possesses a keen interest in exploring the boundaries of technology, comprehending its potential impact on society, and actively engaging with AI-driven solutions and advancements.


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