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Are We Thinking About Daylighting All Wrong?

The daylighting advantages for this Manassas Park classroom go far beyond reducing reliance on electrical utilities—there is much to be said about natural light’s benefits in health and productivity. Photo © Sam Kittner Photography

Daylighting is an integral part of architectural design. After all, building occupants want a physical and psychological connection to the outside world. We evolved under sunlight; our Circadian rhythms—governing daily living cycles, influencing our mood, and controlling our sleep patterns—developed in response to a connection to the outdoors. Unfortunately, how many design/construction professionals approach daylighting can be problematic.

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Creative building design requires high-performance membrane solution

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Project profile: Denver Botanic Gardens Science Pyramid DELTA®-VENT SA & DELTA®-FASSADE S—Design with open joints. The Science Pyramid at Denver Botanic Gardens invites visitors to explore the relationship between people and plants, and to examine how biomimicry—the way the features of nature inspire ideas and actions in people—plays a role in our lives.

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The hazards of traditional wired glass

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For decades, traditional wired glass—with its crisscrossed wires creating diamonds or squares—was installed in buildings around the world. Thanks to its ability to remain intact even when broken, it was the first and, for years, only form of glazing available for fire door assemblies in schools, hospitals, and other buildings.

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The Ins and Outs of Revolving Doors

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The built environment is an energy-guzzler. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) states in this country alone, buildings account for 41 percent of energy use, 73 percent of electricity consumption and 38 percent of all CO2 emissions, and 13.6 percent potable water consumption. Globally, buildings use 40 percent of raw materials, or about 3 billion tons annually.1 Fortunately, the type of doors we select can have a big impact on a building’s energy profile.

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Air-loop window walls

Some windows walls  employ designs that include exposed slab edges, but these can lead to potential problems. Rethinking the basic design concepts could have important benefits. All images courtesy Raymond Ting

In this second part on a two-article series on air-loop window walls, the author discusses nine potential problems with traditional exposed and covered slab-edge design and explores how to eliminate the causes of concern.

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