Energy Efficiency

S-5!’s PV attachments

Low Maintenance Housing Solution

Winner of Metal Construction Assn.’s Chairman’s Award, the Keller Court Commons project in Petaluma, Calif., by MAD Architecture, was recognized for its standing seam roof attachment solutions. A “pocket neighborhood” of eight houses, with a small common building, the community draws on the historic agricultural influences of the area, while delivering a low-maintenance housing solution.The architect chose S-5!’s PV attachments as they would not violate roof integrity.

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590X Steel Replica Window

New Historic Window on the Block

Combining the best of two worlds with historically inspired profiles, narrow sightlines, enhanced energy-efficiency and performance, EFCO introduces the 590X Steel Replica Window. Imitating the look of a classic, industrial steel window in a choice of three standard profiles—bevel, cove and T-grid—or in made-to-order options, project teams can also customize muntins to easily and economically match existing sightlines. The operable window delivers a thermal U-factor as low as 0.42 with a standard low-E product and a condensation resistance factor as high as 71. The window meets AAMA 513 standards for accessibility, and the inclusion of thicker glass enhances acoustic performance

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Scandinavian-inspired style and net-zero-ready design for the Finnish company Vaisala’s new North American headquarters, Louisville, Colo.

Scandinavian Style and High Performance

Supporting OZ Architecture’s Scandinavian-inspired style and net-zero-ready design for the Finnish company Vaisala’s new North American headquarters in Louisville, Colo., are Tubelite curtainwall and window wall systems.Thermally broken aluminum framing, low-E insulated glass and Tubelite’s PTB120 Thermal Pressure Plate supplied by Deceuninck further support the building envelope’s sustainability and energy-efficiency goals. Tubelite’s 400T thermal curtainwall enclose a double-height, daylit atrium and reception area, and 900RW Thermal Window Wall provide views from the offices, training area and conference rooms.Combining Deceuninck’s fiber-reinforced pol

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Jakob’s Saigon Rope Systems factory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Manufacturer ‘Opens’ Up

A Best of Best “Industrial” winner in th Architecture Masterprize Awards, Jakob’s Saigon Rope Systems factory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, by rollimarchini architects Switzerland | G8A architects, Vietnam, stays true to the Swiss company’s roots. The design is based on two principles: efficiency and aesthetics. The project aims to be a pioneer in Vietnam, with a 100% naturally ventilated factory. Based on passive climatic strategies, adapted to tropical regions, the design has developed a porous façade. The smart green envelope has lush hanging geotextile planters that offer a new dimension to sustainable design. The unique design pays tribute to its context, as well

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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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