Energy Efficiency

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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Going Off the Grid in the Rockies

Lighting fixtures match mountain complex’ power and aesthetic needs. Identify energy-efficient lighting fixtures that would suit the plans of officials at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park, Colo., to get off the grid. The center, a “first of its kind” facility, is a nonprofit hub for mountain entertainment, events, higher education and water education. Peter and Lucy Van Dusen of Peter Van Dusen Project Management and Design provided the architectural creativity behind the highly innovative project.Sustainability was their main focus, as they wished to use materials from the past and incorporate an energy system of the future. For example, since it was to be an “of

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Color Tuning Made Easy

A simple, flexible, all-in-one color-tuning solution, Athena, from Lutron, maximizes the company’s acquisition of Ketra, to elevates everyday experiences with light. The system marries best-in-class control with simple app-based setup, in a solution that works equally for new construction or retrofits. Key features include native Ketra integration; a right-sized processor for architectural spaces small and large, like intimate restaurants, art galleries & museums, and hotel public areas; Integrated shades; and a simple-to-use iOS app for real time programming and personalization.

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Side-by-Side Comparison in Efficiency

Minnesota is hitting new heights when it comes to green energy standards. The state’s first-ever Passive House multifamily development, Hook & Ladder Apartments, opened October 2019 in northeast Minneapolis. It is set to prove just how much of a difference Passive House construction can make in operations cost and occupant comfort compared to buildings designed to conventional energy codes.To create a real-time project demo, lhb Architects designed the complex as a side-by-side experiment with two adjacent, nearly identical apartment buildings. One set of the look alike apartment buildings is built to state energy code specifications, the other to the Passive House Institute U.S. (

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High Performing and Versatile

Graham Architectural Products’ newest system, the GT6 Window System, is a series of casement, projected and fixed windows with the ability to match sightlines in a variety of frame depths and thermal efficiencies. Available in three glazing profile options—beveled, concave and flat—all models incorporate advanced thermal strut technology for optimum thermal efficiency and low U-values.

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Kinects Tower, Seattle

Glazing in Seattle

Featuring three outward-flaring sides and expansive windows glazed with Vitro’s Solarban 60, Bumgardner Architects-designed Kinects Tower is a residential skyscraper in Seattle. Large expanses of low-E glazing feature spandrels with ICD High Performance Coatings’ Starbright Silver Opaci-Coat-300 coatings.

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Raise the Curtain

Tubelite has introduced its 400SS Series thermal, screw spline, aluminum-framed curtainwall. While the system can be pre-assembled, pre-sealed and pre-glazed under factory conditions, it can also be stick-fabricated in the field. With expanded thermal break and thick gasketing, the system delivers high-thermal performance.

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Lithium Ion done Differently

Blue Ion LX-HV battery systems use a ferrous phosphate chemistry that requires no rare minerals and is more stable than other lithium ion designs. The batteries are backed by a 15-year performance warranty, and Blue Planet Energy offers a suite of accompanying services, including project design, installation support and operations and maintenance services.

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Grid-in-a-Box

The Solar Container brings together prewired solar panels, batteries and an inverter in a single shipping container for easy, plug-and-play installation for both backup power and peak-shaving. Multiple units can be combined for both grid-tied and off-grid operations.

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All-Electric Apartment Development

A new apartment complex in Herriman, Utah, is offering residents clean energy living and greater energy resilience along with access to EV charging and a club house with a pool and fitness center. Soleil Lofts is a 600-unit, all-electric development that uses rooftop solar and a battery storage system from Sonnen in every residence to form a 12.6 MW-hour “virtual power plant” (VPP). Though the $34 million VPP is owned by project developer The Wasatch Group, it will be managed by the local utility, Rocky Mountain Power (RMP). The utility will be able to operate the community’s aggregated battery output to help power residents during high-demand periods. And, the combination

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