Glass and Glazing Used in Constructing Atlanta's
New Eco Office
August 18, 2009
Southface Eco Office, nick-named the "office of the future,"
opens today as a building constructed to use 53 percent less energy
than comparable buildings. The Eco Office, which has achieved LEED®
Platinum certification, was constructed by a consortium of companies
using widely available off-the-shelf products, materials and technologies.
Lord, Aeck & Sargent served as the project architect.
"The Eco Office demonstrates that small commercial buildings
can be green and achieve high performance standards at a reasonable
cost," says Southface executive director Dennis Creech. "Our
building design and construction teams have collaborated to make
the Eco Office one of the greenest commercial buildings in the world."
In addition to its LEED certification, the Eco Office also qualified
for ENERGY STAR and EarthCraft Light Commercial certifications,
and meets The 2030 Challenge launched by the non-profit group Architecture
Some of the building's features include:
- Site orientation to maximize daylighting;
- Louvers on the building's south and east sides to control glare,
minimize solar heat gain in the summer and maximize it during
- A 6.4-kilowatt photovoltaic canopy which has produced ~7 percent
of the building's energy over the last 12 months; and
- Electrochromic glazing to shade east-facing windows. This glazing
uses a low-voltage electrical current to switch clear glass to
dark while preserving views.
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