Online Extras December 2021

Project of the Month

Glazing that Makes the Grade

Designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates (LWA), the John W. Olver Design Building at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., spans 87,500 square feet and is home to classrooms, offices and community space. The facility uses Solarban 60 and Solarban 70 glasses by Vitro Architectural Glass to contribute to its sustainable design and is LEED Gold-certified. The fa├žade also incorporates electrochromic glazing, occupancy sensors, automatic daylight dimming, operable windows, manual shades and a green roof. LWA considered the site, solar orientation and placement of an interior courtyard to maximize daylighting and reduce demand for artificial lighting. According to Vitro, these qualities helped lessen the electrical load for the structure by 54% compared to an average university building.

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USGlass Bloggers

Most Mondays: On the Road with USGlass | Debra Levy

Last Monday of the Month: Lite Notes | Ellen Rogers

Tuesday: Tuesdays with Paul | Paul Bieber and Paul Daniels

Wednesday: Commerical Commentary | Joe Erb

Thursday: Field Notes | Chuck Knickerbocker, Mind Your Business | John Rovi

Friday: On the Safe Side | Kevin Norcross, Insights and Inspirations | Helen Sanders

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