Located in Minnesota's Elk River Area School District, the $19 million, LEED-Silver Twin Lakes (Minn.) Elementary School bears little resemblance to other schools in the district. Among the school's unusual features are electronically tintable windows in its Science Center that allow users to darken or lighten the glass to adjust for temperature, lighting, and energy needs. With the push of a button, teachers can change the windows from clear to tinted or from tinted to clear. The glass allows a solar energy penetration of only 9% and uses roughly the same amount of electricity to operate 1,500 sf of glazing as it does to power a 60-watt light bulb for the same time period.
SageGlass was an ideal solution for the Science Center, which will feature energy-based curriculum and lessons, said Dan Collins, the school's principal: “Students could compare and contrast energy usage and savings data between the Science Center and its use of SageGlass windows, and other classrooms with 'old school' methods of controlling sunlight and glare.”
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