Dynamic glass drives student and energy performance at Ball State

The basics: Architects of a new student building at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., chose to use dynamic roof glass to provide energy performance and views, while helping to improve student performance. "Students perform better with daylighting and views," said architect Ryan Benson of Schmidt Associates Inc., in a Sage Electrochromics release. "SageGlass ... enabled us to maximize natural light and a view to the outdoors, while creating a space that's thermally and visually comfortable for the students inside." A multipurpose residence hall space features a tintable glass ridge roof that provides abundant natural light while controlling solar glare, fading and heat gain. The glass changes from a clear state to a tinted state with the flick of a switch, or via daylighting sensors, providing occupants with optimal lighting for various activities.

The players: Architect, Schmidt Associates Inc., Indianapolis; general contractor, Shiel Sexton, Indianapolis; dynamic glass supplier, Sage Electrochromics, Faribault, Minn.; dynamic glass installer, Spohn Associates, Indianapolis.

The glass: 48-foot by 36-foot glass ridge roof, with SageGlass electrochromic glass. The glass units are insulating and laminated glazing, and approximately 4 feet by 5 feet in size.