The General Services Administration (GSA) is using SageGlass® dynamic glass in its own headquarters as part of its Smart Building Initiative to incorporate new sustainable technologies in some of the government’s most energy-intensive buildings.
The glass was utilized as part of a large open courtyard at the headquarters building in Washington, D.C., where a seven-story addition was constructed, including a six-story south-facing atrium with SageGlass installed in the skylights. GSA is seeking LEED® Gold certification for the new atrium.
“The GSA has been a leader in exploring alternative building technologies for making its vast inventory of real estate more energy efficient,” says architect Mark Gilliand, design principal in charge of the project for Shalom Baranes Associates, Architects. “We incorporated SageGlass electrochromic glass into the atrium to demonstrate how heat gain and glare from the sun can be controlled without blocking the daylight.”
The atrium, built by the Whiting-Turner Walsh Joint Venture, connects two of the three main wings of the GSA building and serves as a public gathering space and reception area.