Saint-Gobain has announced the extension of its partnership with Greentown Labs, a clean technology incubator, through 2019. The partnership includes Saint-Gobain providing product donations to support the construction of Greentown Labs’ expansion site, the Global Center for Cleantech Innovation, in Somerville, Mass.
The vision for the Global Center for Cleantech Innovation is to build a comprehensive incubator for hardware-focused, cleantech startups to grow. The new facility will offer dynamic and creative workspaces, including a wet lab, testing facilities, additional prototyping lab space and a green roof.
Construction on the 55,000-square-foot Global Center for Cleantech Innovation began in October 2016 and is anticipated to be completed in fall 2017. Greentown Labs plans to showcase innovation in construction through the use of products from Saint-Gobain’s family of companies. Through the partnership agreement, Saint-Gobain is providing building science expertise and in-kind building materials from two of its subsidiaries, SageGlass and CertainTeed.
SageGlass will be installed on the third floor of the Center. The members occupying the office space will participate in occupant comfort and acceptance studies. Member feedback will allow building scientists to measure the impact SageGlass has on occupant comfort. The data collected and subsequent analysis will be used for future product and business development.