The March 2011 issue of US Glass Magazine features a cover photograph and lead article by a pair of Enclos’ Advanced Technology Studio staffers. Jeffrey Vaglio, Design Engineer, and Mic Patterson, Director of Strategic Development, co-authored the paper at the request of the magazine. Both are PhD candidates in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, where they are preparing their doctoral dissertations; Jeff on double-skin facade performance and Mic on facade retrofits in curtainwall buildings.
“Seeing Double” discusses the typology and implementation of double-skin applications, referencing examples recently completed in the US marketplace. Included is the LEED Silver certified Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons at Loyola University Chicago, in which Enclos provided comprehensive design/build services. The project’s west elevation (shown above) includes a glass double-skin wall that manages heat flow and natural ventilation throughout the year, and is part of an energy management system that reduces building energy consumption by approximately 50 percent compared with code-compliant buildings. Despite ongoing controversy as to their cost effectiveness, double-skin facade applications have been on the upswing.
You can read the US Glass Magazine article in its entirety here.
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