Energy Efficiency

SlopeShield Plus SA Self-Adhered

Vapor Sandwich Elimination

SlopeShield Plus Self-Adhered (SA) is a highly vapor-permeable roofing underlayment air barrier (AB) material. As an air barrier membrane product, SlopeShield Plus SA stops the movement of air, eliminating damaging moisture transferred by air, and maximizes energy savings while meeting energy code requirements. As a vapor permeable membrane (30 perms) product, it allows the remaining vapor to escape the roof assembly through diffusion. The combined unique features allow the creation of a “self-drying roof,” eliminating a troubling phenomenon called the “vapor sandwich,” when moisture becomes trapped in the roofing assembly.Judge’s Comment: “Good thermal/mo

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Super Solar

Delivering a more streamlined, integrated solar option, LG’s next generation NeON 2 Ace features its own microinverter recessed into the frame of the panel. LG’s microinverter carries the same 25-year limited warranty as the solar panel itself.Judge’s Comment: “The development of the micro-inverter is innovative and elevated by the ability to be integrated vertically into the LG panels for a seamless reciprocal relationship between panel and converter.”

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System Streamlining

VRF technology and controls converge into a single, seamless solution which streamlines system programming. Utilizing Tridium’s Niagara open framework, the LG MultiSITE VM3 can be easily installed within any building using pre-built templates. Predictive analytics, historical trends and transparency of data combine to lower life cycle cost and simplify building operation.Judge’s Comment: “Simple, yet precise system control is the future of better managing buildings and reducing unnecessary consumption of energy.”

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Integrated and Translucent

Designed to provide a fully engineered solution for window and clerestory openings, the UniQuad Translucent Window panels allow for excellent thermal performance and light transmission into a space, providing the benefits of daylighting to building occupants without sacrificing performance. The system is engineered for openings up to 6-ft. tall and available in custom lengths to fit any opening.Building owners will experience efficiencies with this high-performance system that contributes to energy savings and LEED certification. The translucent polycarbonate panels are designed to withstand the elements and maintain their performance over time. The windows are warranted against loss of ligh

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Energy-Efficient, Bird-Safe Glass Installed at National Aviary’s New Garden Room

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh recently completed the installation of glass windows and doors at The Garden Room, a new glass-enclosed venue for weddings, special events and educational programs that also will serve as a showcase for energy-efficient, bird-safe glass. “The National Aviary works hard to provide the best possible care for the birds through field conservation programs and education,” said Cheryl Tracy, executive director of the National Aviary. “As we made plans for The Garden Room, it was important to us to practice these principles by selecting materials that would help keep the wild birds in our neighboring park safe.”

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Net-Zero Fire Station

Helping Salt Lake City’s Fire Station No. 14 become one of the first net-zero fire stations in the country is Tubelite’s 400TU Series Therml=Block curtainwall, T1400 I/O Series multi-pane storefront, operable windows, side entrance doors and INT45 interior framing systems. As part of the city’s larger “Climate Positive 2040” plan, Salt Lake City is seeking net-100% renewable electricity by 2030, and to reduce carbon pollution by 80% by the year 2040. According to Tubelite, the energy-efficient thermal performance and condensation resistance, indoor air quality and natural ventilation, daylight and views delivered by these projects also contribute to the physical

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Hawaii Tackles Affordable Housing with HVAC Solution at Kapiolani Residence

With affordable housing availability a problem in Hawaii, the state is incentivizing developers to tackle the issue. Hawaii’s cost of electricity for the residential sector is the highest in the nation—currently 2.5 times the national average—so it can be heavy burden on households that are already struggling.When developer Timothy Yi, President of Samkoo Pacific & Samkoo Hawaii, set out to build the 45-story Kapiolani Residence in Honolulu, Hawaii, he wanted to provide an affordable housing option with enhanced functionality and modern design. And part of its affordability had to be keeping utility costs low for residents as well.

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Hotel Avalon and Alpharetta Conference Center, Alpharetta, Ga.

The Right Glazing For The Right Application

Combining excellent solar control, a neutral appearance and low reflectivity, Cooper Carry specified approximately 45,000 sq. ft. of AGC Glass North America’s ENERGY Select 28 high-performance, low-E coated glazing for the Hotel Avalon and Alpharetta Conference Center in Alpharetta, Ga. Whereas the architects used lots of clear glass at the lower levels to deliver the same level of transparency as retail storefronts, they desired more privacy with a low level of reflectance that could also comply with energy-code requirements for the guest suites in the rest of the building, which is where ENERGY Select 28 was a great fit.

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Plaza Verde—University of California Irvine

Exterior Lighting Aids Net-Zero Effort

Plaza Verde is a housing complex on the University of California Irvine (UCI) campus. KTGY Architecture + Planning was commissioned to design the complex to connect east campus housing with the main institutional buildings.Illuminating the way are Luminis’ Lumistik CL821 columns. “Security—real and perceived—is always a key consideration for undergraduate student housing,” said Benjamin Kasdan, associate principal at KTGY. “The goal is to ensure the resident students feel safe, but also to reassure their parents.”To this end, transparency is an intentional design element, inside the buildings and out. All structures have breezeways on the main floors

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NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center

Triple-Paned Glazing

Triple-paned insulated glazing with SunGuard SuperNeutral 70/37 and a slatted wood screen reduces solar glare, building heat gain and the need for solar and privacy shading. Designed with integrated sustainable features, it is LEED Gold certified. A hospital must carefully monitor light penetration as well as solar heat gain to protect its visitors, and therefore needs high-performing glazing such as SunGuard SuperNeutral 70/37. The multifunctional coating offers strong solar protection and thermal insulation.

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