Mercy Corps Receives LEED Platinum Certification for Using Electronically Tintable Glass from SageGlass

US-based global aid agency, Mercy Corps has received LEED Platinum Certification for its usage of electronically tintable glass from SageGlass at its new headquarters in Portland, Ore. SageGlass helps in maximising daylight and at the same time controlling heat gain. Depending on the conditions prevailing outside the building, SageGlass can be tinted or cleared.

The glass is usually glazed to the curtain walls and skylights of any building. However, for the headquarters of Mercy Corp the glass was installed as an exterior shade on every floor on the façade facing south. This was done to provide solar control to the conference room and the lobby of the building.

Since sunlight is a scarce resource in the Pacific Northwest, the company was particular in ensuring that every bit of sunlight was utilized in the appropriate manner. The glass has the capacity to allow sunlight into the building during cold or sunny days and at the same time act as a shade during hot days. This feature helped the building’s architects THA Architecture to make the windows operable and install motorized clerestory windows in the atrium of the building. Due to the installation of SageGlass, Mercy Corps has been successful in achieving 69% better energy performance than regular office buildings. It has also received various other awards such as Carbon Consciousness Award and Most Admired Non-Profit Building from Oregon Business Journal.

Source: http://www.sageglass.com

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Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, web programming, design, animation, database and networking, software and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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