Energy Efficiency

Going Organic

A metal warehouse in Duisburg, Germany, is now home to the largest installation of façade-mounted organic HeliaSol photovoltaic film. Produced with a self-adhesive backing in a roll-to-roll process, the film can be directly attached to walls and other surfaces. Ventilation below the film is not required, as this material doesn’t lose efficiency at high temperature in the same way as traditional solar panels. 

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VRF with a Splash of Water

A modular heat recovery system that uses variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology, the CITY MULTI WR2-Series can be integrated into water-side designs such as geothermal or existing water loops. Its compact size, convenient front-only service access and self-cooling cabinet design make the unit suitable for a variety of applications, especially in tight spaces.

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An Ode to the University

Tulane’s Freeman School of Business set out to unify two halls into one complex by adding a 45,000-sq.-ft., four-story addition and renovating 40,000 sq. ft. of classrooms and lecture halls. Inspired by Tulane’s mascot, the Wave, and several 100-year-old oak trees lining the street, a scalloped curtainwall was designed as the heart of the project. Given the historical significance of the trees and weather-related conditions that are an ongoing threat to New Orleans, it was critical to preserve the trees and provide protection against extreme weather while achieving LEED Gold criteria.The YUW 750 XT unitized curtainwall was selected to meet these goals. One of the highest performi

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The Outdoor Connection

Guardian SunGuard glass products balance high performance with light transmittance and the right aesthetic at state-of-the-art Owego Elementary School. Architect Highland Associates were charged with replacing a structure destroyed by Tropical Storm Lee with a high-performing envelope that meets LEED Silver certification.“The spaces have a sense of relaxed vitality that comes only with a strong connection to the outdoors,” explains David Degnon, senior associate, Highland Assoc. “This would not be possible without the strategic use of specialized glass products such as Guardian SunGuard glass. With glass making up such a large part of the façade, the color and appearance ha

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Brewery Throws Shade on Solar Heat Gain

Situated above the French Broad River just outside Asheville, NC., the Sierra Nevada Mills River Brewery features a warehouse and bottling facility, taproom and restaurant, gift shop, amphitheater, and indoor music venue, making it a “temple to craft beer.” To increase brewing capacity, Sierra Nevada decided to open an East Coast facility— their second brewery—in North Carolina. Longtime collaborator, R.G.A. in Chico, Calif., was selected to serve as the principal design firm for the project.

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Opened in Sept. 2016, the library’s prominent glazing, supplemented with SEFAR’s Vision fabric interlayer, contributed to credits for BREEAM, the UK’s sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings.

Library Doubles Down on Daylight

Innovative fabric interlayer allowed extensive glazing without a need for exterior or interior shading. Officials at the University of Birmingham Library in Birmingham, England, wanted a lot of daylight for their new library, but wanted alternative options for dealing with the accompanying solar heat gain. The new library is one of the key features of the university’s £300 million campus regeneration.

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Mixed-Use, Transit-Oriented Development Earns Gold

The city of Portland, Oregon’s new 10-story, mixed use, transit-oriented development known as Slate earned LEED Gold. Formerly Block 75, the high-efficiency building features window, entrance and unitized curtainwall systems. A cornerstone in the city’s efforts to revitalize the Burnside Bridgehead area, Slate rises on a previously vacant lot. Opened in Sept. 2016, the project spans 147,000 sq. ft. and offers 75 market-rate apartment units on the upper six floors; 35,000 sq. ft. of creative co-working office workspace on the second and fourth floors; and 7800 sq. ft. of retail space at street level.Designed by Works Progress Architecture for co-developers Urban Development Partne

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Elemental Protection

Preventing water and moisture from penetrating a building, Shildan’s Terracotta Rainscreen Façade System works by carving out an internal cavity for air and wind to enter, equalizing pressure from within and outside the system, so water and moisture simply fall away 100% of the time. Made of the world’s oldest masonry material, terracotta, the high-performance rainscreen categorically seals out water, effectively eliminating air infiltration/exfiltration, reducing pressure on HVAC systems and yielding tremendous energy savings. With the ability to be customized almost endlessly, the rainscreen can be dreamed up in virtually any shape and color, with lengths up to 10-ft. and

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Emergency Lighting Upgrade

FireHorse 11 and FireHorse 7 emergency fluorescent ballasts have been re-engineered to meet California’s Title 20 efficiency requirements for self-contained lighting devices—and the upgraded devices now operate with universal voltage, so they can be installed in virtually any setting. Once fully charged, the ballasts draw less than 1W of power.

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A Totally Tubular Replacement

These LED T8 lamps are direct replacements for fluorescent units and provide instant energy savings, without annoying flicker. Designed for fixtures with standard G13 (medium bi-pin) sockets in classrooms and offices, the lamps are available in three color temperatures. And, because they’re DesignLights Consortium-certified, they qualify for a number of utility-sponsored rebate programs, enabling faster ROI.

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