Saint-Gobain Helps SCHEELS Avoid $487k in Annual Energy Costs

by Katie Lee

Minneapolis — Saint-Gobain’s SageGlass, manufacturer of the world’s smartest dynamic glass, has completed an energy study done in partnership with SCHEELS, a sporting goods and entertainment chain with 27 stores in 12 states. The study compared electricity usage at two SCHEELS locations and found that the store featuring SageGlass, in addition to enhanced building automation HVAC controls, better insulation and LED lighting, benefitted from a 73% 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 other SCHEELS 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 bottom line are impactful differentiators,” says 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.”

When comparing electricity usage between the two locations (the other location being in Overland Park, Kan.) over a period of 1 year, the Johnstown location reduced its electricity consumption by 338,329 KWH per month on average, or an average monthly savings of $40,599. As a result, SageGlass is now the basis of design for all future SCHEELS stores.

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SageGlass® is the pioneer of the world’s smartest dynamic glass and is transforming the indoor experience for people by connecting the built and natural environments. Electronically tintable SageGlass tints or clears on demand to control sunlight and prevent heat and glare without the need for blinds or shades. SageGlass dramatically reduces energy demand and the need for HVAC by blocking up to 91% of solar heat. As part of Saint-Gobain, SageGlass is backed by more than 350 years of building science expertise that only the world leader in sustainable environments can provide. For more information, visit

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions that can be found in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change. In North America, Saint-Gobain has approximately 160 locations and more than 15,500 employees. For more information, visit or



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