We Can Build Zeroes (and Not Just Someday)
Net zero energy has evolved from a blue-sky ideal to a code-driving standard, and The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 sets a nationwide timetable for our commercial building stock to achieve it. Increasingly, the building facade is called upon to balance energy inputs and outputs as a component of precisely orchestrated building systems.
The Millennium IGU: A Regenerative Concept for a 1000 Year Insulated Glass Unit
An ongoing series by the Advanced Technology Studio of Enclos examining the undesirable lifecycle impacts associated with conventional IGU production, use and disposal.
The Poetry, Pitfalls and Potential of Kinetic Facades
Kinetic components of a building envelope are often eye-catching, occasionally gimmicky, and almost always a technical and economic challenge. The key to incorporating kinetic technologies into facades is the integration of comprehensive multifunctional systems.
FacadeRetrofit.org is a database of large commercial and multifamily buildings that have, or are currently undergoing, building facade retrofits.
Bending Glass in the Parametric Age
Manipulations of glass that have long seemed speculative are becoming possible with combinations of hot or cold bending, thermal or chemical tempering, and lamination. Though many applications require costly heat-curving using gravity, energy-efficient cold-forming techniques are contributing to the geometries of many striking new buildings today.
A Framework for Evaluating Building Facade Resilience
The finale of Mic Patterson's ongoing research collaboration between the University of Southern California School of Architecture and the Advanced Technology Studio of Enclos.
On Site | West 57th Street Facade Installation
Enclos takes you on site Bjarke Ingels' inaugural North American project for a close up of its sloped stainless steel panels and glazed facades.
HPDs for Facade Glass
Bill Millard explores how transparency in reporting a glass product's chemical content is easier to advocate than implement.
On Site | Sky Reflector-Net installation at the Fulton Center
The Sky Reflector-Net — an interior atrium shaped by a double-curved tensioned cable net clad by perforated metal panels — is an integrated artwork for the Fulton Center in New York City.
Introducing INSIGHT 03
In this third edition of Insight, the Studio’s multi-disciplinary teams investigate themes of digitalization, process, optimization, constructability and performance — all facets of our philosophical delivery process. New to the publication is “Dialog”, a roundtable-type discussion that pulls prevalent industry ideas and professionals into the conversation.
Curtainwall is Not Curtainwall
The curtainwall technology that first emerged in the mid-twentieth century is not the diverse facade technology of today. Advanced curtainwall design, facade engineering, and new product development have produced an array of high-performance solutions that extend beyond the initial concept of a simple weather barrier.
Enclos, a facade engineering and curtainwall design company, is one of the largest specialty design-build contractors in the United States.