UseGlazing for Façades
ApplicationsWindows, double-skin façades and curtain walls
CharacteristicsHigh visible light transmittance . Solar control with transparency. Sustainable. Energy efficient.
Buchanan Energy and Environmental Center in Clovis, California, is an award-winning academic building that has earned accolades by serving not just as a traditional teaching center, but as a teaching tool for instructors and students as well. Thanks to the architect’s familiarity with Vitro Architectural Glass, Solarban® 70XL glass is playing an integral role in saving energy for the school and demonstrating how it does so, too.
Designed by John Smith of S.I.M. Architects in nearby Fresno, the $4.6 million Buchanan Center is a new vocational high school dedicated to educating students about the principles and practices of environmentally sustainable building. In addition to teaching conventional classroom curricula such as math, science and English, the school functions as a hands-on laboratory for demonstrating fundamental aspects of energy and water conservation, recycling, and alternative forms of energy production, such as wind and solar power generation.
Smith said he specified Solarban® 70XL by Vitro Architectural Glass for Buchanan Center because of its unique combination of high visible light transmittance (VLT) and excellent solar control performance.
“We designed the building so that a majority of the windows were facing north and south,” Smith explained. “That enabled us to control solar heat while bringing in as much natural light as possible. We also used a storefront window system by Kawneer with light shelves to bounce light even further into the building.”
Solarban® 70XL solar control, low-e glass is engineered with a proprietary triple-silver coating that delivers an optimal balance of transparency and solar control. At the Buchanan Center, Solarban® 70XL glass works in combination with skylights and several large translucent Kalwall® panels as part of a building-integrated lighting system. Operable windows fabricated with Solarban® 70XL glass flood study areas and classrooms with light and provide natural ventilation. Sophisticated sensors turn lights on and off according to conditions.
Smith said he had worked with Solarban® 70XL glass before. “Our firm specs a lot of Vitro Glass ” he said. “They have a lot of great products and their website is very user-friendly, time-efficient and very visual.” The Buchanan Center earned a 2011 Excellence in Design Award from ED+C magazine in the educational category. It is expected to be LEED® Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and it is CHPS-compliant.