APRIL 5, 2014
"The building envelope was critical to the project's energy efficiency, Ackerman says, from the size, placement and specifications of the glazing, to taking advantage of natural daylight and ventilation opportunities, which help reduce the demand on the building's mechanical and lighting systems.
One of the challenges for the project was the building orientation. "To reduce solar heat gain while still taking advantage of natural daylight for a building that is non-optimally oriented (along a north-south axis), we reduced the net glazing on the long east and west exposures of the building, and instead found opportunities to let in north light into the building's interior through the use of north-facing clerestory windows and 'wall monitors'," explains Ackerman."
-Marcy Marro, Editor Metal Architecture Magazine
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