Arguably one of the most important aspects of a holistic school building is high-quality daylighting. In fact, the World Green Building Council reports that in classrooms with good daylight, students attain 5% to 14% higher scores in tests and learn 20% to 25% faster than kids who work in windowless spaces.
Looking at the big picture, Dina Sorensen, Assoc. AIA, LEEP AP, BD+C, senior associate, who heads up the DLR Group’s Washington, D.C. K-12 education design studio, points out that designing to provide ample natural light, views to the outdoors and a variety of ambient atmospheres—while also reducing energy demand—is both an art and a science at the building scale. Ultimately, the goal of a holistic design is determining what end users require to effectively interact with their environment and tune it to meet these needs.
Below are some options that may help you tailor natural light exposure to meet specific end user needs.
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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.
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.
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.
The Spoke Apartment Complex parking garage in Chicago’s River West is clad with 17,430 sq. ft. of Pentaglas cladding. The green matte glazing 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.
confident it’s built to the highest of standards. Palladium Doors are constructed to withstand the most demanding environments including; healthcare, educational, hospitality, and other high-traffic facilities while maintaining an attractive decor. Available in more styles and finishes so you can find the perfect match for your facility. More durable. More Beautiful. There’s more to a VT door.
The all-new LED downlight collection from Williams provides a tailored solution for sleek and modern architectural lighting. With 2, 4, 6 and 8-inch apertures available in round, square, fixed, adjustable and shallow plenum styles, the downlights help create ambiance in every environment. Featuring a variety of trims and beam angles, each LED downlight guarantees flawless illumination. The innovative TrimLock reflection retention system ensures the trim remains flush with ceiling plane. Engineered with demanding environments in mind, Williams downlights are IP65 rated, CCEA Chicago Plenum approved and Energy Star certified, with industry-leading efficacies as high as 120 lumens/watts.
“JHP Architecture had identified a color range they wanted and had initially considered another coil provider,” Graham said. “We presented the new Weathered Steel finish that Petersen offered and the team approved the color from the mock-up we did.”
New Weathered Steel finish is made from a 70% PVDF Kynar formula manufactured by Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings. The two-coat finish replicates the multi-tone appearance that steel acquires after exposure to the environment. Read complete case study.
The newly opened Embassy Suites in Berkeley Heights, NJ used 52,671sf of SlenderWall architectural precast concrete (396) panels with integral steel stud framing and R21 continuous insulation. The 176 room, 187,000-square-foot hotel located in the Connell Corporate Park marks the latest in a string of SlenderWall projects completed for Hospitality brands; Hilton, Westin, Holiday Inn, Hyatt and Marriott. PFVS Architecture designed the 8-story complex for Connell Hospitality. Tocci Construction hired SlenderWall producer Smith-Midland to manufacture the low maintenance long-term value solution.