Saint-Gobain’s SageGlass recently announced the results of an energy study done in partnership with SCHEELS, a sporting goods and entertainment chain with 27 stores in 12 states. The study compared electricity use at two SCHEELS locations and found that the store featuring SageGlass, in addition to enhanced building automation HVAC controls, better insulation and LED lighting, benefited from a 73 percent decrease in electricity consumption. This reduction resulted in $487,193 in energy cost savings in the store’s first year of operation.

In 2017, approximately 24,500 square feet of SageGlass was installed in large roof skylights and the grand entrance of the SCHEELS superstore in Johnstown, Colo. For the new store, SCHEELS turned to SageGlass’ smart glazing system to solve heat and glare issues that had impacted its other locations with similar design features. By using smart glass – which tints automatically in response to outdoor conditions, preventing heat gain and glare – SCHEELS was also able to provide a comfortable customer experience with unobstructed views of the outdoors.

“While customer comfort was one of the key factors driving the use of smart glass in SCHEELS’ Johnstown location, increasing the energy performance and improving the bottom line are impactful differentiators,” said Dr. Alan McLenaghan, CEO of SageGlass. “A holistic, system-level approach is critical for reducing energy consumption and creating more sustainable buildings. Smart glass, intelligent lighting and HVAC controls work synergistically to deliver greater energy savings; the whole is even greater than the sum of the parts.”

According to the company, when comparing electricity use between the two locations (the other being in Overland Park, Kan.) over a period of one year, the Johnstown location reduced its electricity consumption by 338,329 KWH per month on average, or an average monthly savings of $40,599.