SOUTHEAST ASIA BUILDING27 Sep 2021
Material Focus: SageGlass to create the largest smart glass installation in the world
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Companies embracing remote work and others investing heavily in real estate, it begs the question: What will employees demand from post-pandemic workplaces? One high-profile commercial development in India offers a glimpse into how electrochromic glass is shaping the office of the future.

SageGlass, a global leader in electrochromic glass, was chosen by Bagmane Group, one of India’s largest build-to-suit real estate developers, to create the largest smart glass installation in the world.

SageGlass will provide 200,000 square feet of SageGlass Harmony® electrochromic glass, controls, and software for Rio Business Park, a 1.6 million square foot office development in Bangalore, India.

Electrochromic glass – also referred to as smart glass or dynamic glass – uses advanced intelligence to automatically tint throughout the day, reducing glare and regulating temperatures while letting natural light in. This technology offers both energy savings and a luxurious office experience. In a survey of French tech employees in an office equipped with SageGlass, the vast majority of those polled said that dynamic glass has a positive effect on their wellbeing at work.

“As employee wellness and sustainability become higher priorities for savvy building owners, SageGlass is in a unique position to deliver both,” said Namrata Vora, SageGlass VP of Sales, North America and India/Asia Pacific. “We are so pleased to partner with Bagmane Group to create a healthy, sustainable workplace for their tenants at Rio Business Park. And this project will benefit from some of our latest innovations, including SageGlass Harmony – the first electrochromic glass to tint on a gradient – along with transparent OLED displays, and Saint-Gobain’s MC350, a device to measure Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) factors,” added Namrata.

“We strive to create premiere workplace experiences for our world-class customers,” said Aditya Bagmane, Director at Bagmane Group. “For this office development, we are working with a tech customer who expects the best. We chose SageGlass for this innovative building because of their superior smart glass offering, ability to invest in cutting-edge technology, and Saint-Gobain’s presence in India,” added Aditya.

The SageGlass India team will work with local glazier Glass Wall Systems to install and commission more than 12,000 smart glass panels at Rio Business Park for this project, which is already underway. Google will serve as the primary tenant for the space beginning in August 2022.