Energy Efficiency

The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute, City of Commerce, Calif.

The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute

Many equate net-zero buildings with significant solar power arrays. While renewables are a key component to any net zero energy project, there is a lot more to it than just PV. If anyone ought to know, it’s Brett Moss, training director for the L.A. County IBEW/NECA Electrical Training Institute. A 2016 complete retrofit, the school, prior to the deep-energy technology additions, already had nearly ¾ MW worth of PV on site, but that year, emerged from its cocoon, so to speak, to become the Net Zero Plus ETI, a 142,000 sq. ft., net-positive facility which generates nearly a megawatt’s worth of power, while only consuming about 740,000 kWh. While that’s a lot of renewa

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Millennium Center, Geneva, Switzerland

Perfect Harmony

Saint-Gobain’s latest innovation from its SageGlass division resulted in Harmony, an elegantly performing dynamic glass that was chosen as the preferred glazing of Switzerland’s new Millennium Center in Geneva. Unveiled at Glasstec last October, the solution enhances the visual and thermal comfort of occupants while maintaining views with a natural-looking, seamless connection to the outdoors.When transforming, Harmony delivers a gradual in-pane tint transition from fully clear to fully tinted. Everything, from conference rooms to concierge services, elevators and the Millennium Center glazing, will be connected to the Cloud and managed via smartphone apps, which are integrated i

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Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) North at LAX

Insulation Meets Stringent Code Compliance at LAX’s New Terminal

The new Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) North, a five-level, 750,000-sq.-ft. expansion, will improve operations, enable faster connections and ease passenger access, all while providing state-of-the-art facilities. Corgan is the lead architecture firm, in association with Gensler and gkkworks (now CannonDesign), on the design build project for the concourse. Because the new concourse is designed to complement the ocean wave theme of the airport, the architects envisaged a stunning curvilinear roof. This unique design element additionally demanded specific roof and wall configuration requirements. To bring the vision into reality, the team needed insulation materials that could be custom f

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Treehouse Glazing

For Mexico’s library at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Sasaki Associates’ endeavored to create a treehouse in the middle of the campus forest. The floor-to-ceiling windows, fabricated with Solarban 90 Vitro glass, deliver a light-to-solar gain ratio of 2.22 and a corresponding reduction in demand for artificial lighting and AC.

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Sherzer Hall at Eastern Michigan University

In a Vacuum

The aptly-named Vacuum IG utilizes a vacuum between two panes of glass to prevent heat from escaping to the outside. As compared to a single pane glass with an R-value of 1, the glass itself delivers an R-value of up to 12 at a 8-mm thickness. When paired with SunGuard coated glass, thermal insulation goes up even higher. Furthermore, the hybrid, low-E Vacuum IG delivers impressive levels of light transmission, reflectivity and color.

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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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