June 3, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 22
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Green-designed Minnesota elementary school features tintable windows
“SageGlass’ tintable window technology adds to the school’s daylighting performance, because it enables teachers to control light intensity and glare in the Science Center without completely shutting out the light the way shades or blinds do.”
—Dan Collins, principal of Twin Lakes Elementary School

The basics:
Architects designed the $19 million Twin Lakes Elementary School, Elk River, Minn., with environmentally friendly materials including SageGlass electronically tintable windows in its Science Center. Users can darken or lighten the windows, at the push of a button, to adjust for temperature and lighting. Opened in September 2007, the school is pursuing Silver level certification through the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design Green Building Rating System. Exterior glazing for 98,200-square-foot building cost $600,000.

The players:
Architect, Schrock DeVetter Architects, P.A., Minneapolis, now re-organized as LSA Design Inc., and Devetter Design Group, 612/871-2188, both of Minneapolis; general contractor, Krause-Anderson Construction Co., Minneapolis; glazing contractor, W.L. Hall Co., Hopkins, Minn.; glass fabricators, Sage Electrochromics Inc., Faribault, Minn. and Viracon Inc., Owatonna, Minn.; window framing fabricator, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Wausau, Wis.

The glass and systems:
SageGlass electronically tintable insulating glass and 1-inch thick, low-E Viracon VE1-2M insulating glass are installed in Wausau 4250 aluminum window frames.

Photos courtesy of SAGE Electrochromics

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