Daylighting

Climb Every Mountain

Effectively simulating a natural outdoor environment thanks to Solatube Daylighting Systems, climbers are flocking to the indoor Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness Center in San Diego. A combination of amplifiers, diffusers and daylighting systems are thoughtfully designed to throw light in different directions creating a natural depth perception. 

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Made In The Shade

SolarTrac 4.0 merges predictive algorithms with real-time weather conditions. The software incorporates the sun’s precise position based on date, time, building GPS location and glass façade orientation—and calculates shadows and reflections from surrounding buildings—to automatically raise or lower window shades accordingly.

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Torah Academy, Metairie, LA.

On the Shelf

At the Torah Academy in Metairie, La., Kawneer’s InLighten Light Shelf reflects sunlight deep into the floor plate. Available as a translucent polycarbonate or opaque aluminum composite panel, the light shelf is compatible with curtainwalls and storefront framing.

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Unisphere

United Therapeutics’ (Unither) Unisphere is the largest net zero commercial building in the U.S. A biotechnology company focused on the development of products to address the needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening conditions, Unither, in planning the 210,000-sq.-ft. addition to its six-building campus in Silver Spring, approached the project, in the same manner as the development of one of its products. They identified a primary objective: build a facility to keep up the design and development flow of the company’s new products; second, create a building that would exemplify a new environmental theory to the structures of this genre; and third, create a contempo

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Translucent Solution

In seeking to hide its unattractive concrete cladding at the Spoke Apartment Complex parking garage in Chicago’s River West, and enabling it to blend in to the attached residential tower covered in glass and brick, Fitzgerald Assocs. Architects specified 17,430 sq. ft. of Kingspan Light + Air | CPI Daylighting’s Pentaglas cladding. The green matte glazing is not only attractive, but it facilitates the movement of daylight and natural air in and out of the garage, and helped put the mixed-use development on track to earn LEED Silver certification.

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New Belgium Brewery, Asheville, N.C.

Creating a Culture of Performance

The goal of creating a culture that is true to New Belgium’s mission is what made translucent sandwich panels such a prominent feature of the company’s brewery in Asheville, N.C. “Culture isn’t what you say; it’s about what you do... We believe that our dedication to high involvement culture and a loving, high performing workforce sets us apart.” This is the message the people at the New Belgium Brewing Co. want you to know about them and the way they foster a productive and engaged workforce.

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Pre-Engineered System

The pre-designed, pre-engineered system eliminates the need for worksite caulking, puttying, welding, soldering or glass cutting—and can be installed in any weather condition. The skylights can be combined in a number of configurations—rooflight, longlight, northlight and atrium—and each configuration is delivered with a special prefabricated flashing ensuring a perfect fit and 100% water tightness. Judge’s Comment: “Making daylighting options  easier and more practical for installation is a very welcome advance, especially for projects like schools, where cost containment matters.”

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Eco-Conscious

A line of woven sun control shading fabrics for interior roller shade applications, SheerWeave’s 4000/4100/4400 styles use DOW’s unique ECOLIBRIUM bio-based plasticizer. The options combine the durability of vinyl-coated polyester with the latest in green PVC technology. ECOLIBRIUM is a renewable alternative to traditional plasticizers that lowers greenhouse gas emissions as much as 40% vs. existing PVC compounds. It is also phthalate-free, lead-free, RoHS compliant, and can also be used in exterior shading systems. A companion calculator tool allows designers to estimate petroleum savings and greenhouse gas avoidance based on the quantity of plasticizers used. Judge’s

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Tight Tolerances

Keeping solar-control fabric under tension in top-down, bottom-up, sideways and skylight applications, the TZ100 Zipper Tension System aligns the shade precisely within an opening, eliminating light gaps at any angle, in any direction thereby providing complete light control. When used for exterior applications, the taut shades keep out objects or insects, and is capable of withstanding relatively high-wind loads when used in exterior applications. Judge’s Comment: “This is a nice tension system shade. The smaller gaps on all sides are a real benefit.”

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Utility Plant Turned Landmark

The 55-story 181 Fremont high-rise features a distinct sawtooth patterned façade which dictates that window mullions in the curtainwall angle slightly in against one another, essentially functioning as a shading device. Vitro’s triple-silver-coated Solarban 70XL glass blocks 70% of the sun’s heat energy while enabling 65% of the ambient daylight to pass through.

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