May 2012 Monthly Meeting

May 1 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Electronically Tintable Glass: A Project Showcase


University of Oregon-Portland
White Stag Building
70 NW Couch, Room 142


Del Bankston, SAGE glass


We live in a dynamic environment, but until now our building enclosures have been static in nature – unable to effectively control the flow of the sun’s light and heat into buildings from hour to hour and from season to season. Electronically tintable glass provides the means to develop a dynamic façade with variable visible light transmission and solar heat gain coefficient, which saves cooling and lighting energy, and solves problems of excessive solar heat gain, glare, fading and the need for unsightly blinds. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) states that their goal of a zero energy building in 2030 cannot be achieved without the use of dynamic glazing. Electronically tintable glass is now commercially available and is being actively specified and installed in building envelopes.

This session will briefly review dynamic electrochromic glass performance characteristics and the benefits to glazing contractors. The presentation will then focus on a number of diverse case studies to demonstrate the application of electrochromic glass in different building types and glazing applications to achieve different objectives such as glare control, heat control, daylighting, occupant comfort and to facilitate sustainable design. A discussion of installation will also be included.

Del Bankston has 35 years experience in the fenestration industry, beginning in 1976 as a glazier for 8 years, an owner and operator of AGA and AGC for 10 years, then taking on sales and management assignments across the nation including strategic cities: Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; and New York, NY. Bankston is Regional Sales Manager for SAGE Electrochromics and is responsible for the development and management of sales in the western region of the United States.

Prior to SAGE, Bankston worked as strategic partner and business developer for Serious Energy, formerly Serious Materials - a clean tech, energy Efficiency Company. He was responsible for establishing a presence in new markets nationwide and participated in strategic planning and forecasting.