Translucent panels are also being used in
daylighting applications. CPI provided its
UniQuad system for the Austin Independent
School District Performing Arts Center (right).
Sunshades were used on the
Georgia Gwinnett College Library
and Learning Center (left) to help
shade the building’s interior and
More than Just Glass
Glazing products aren’t always just glass. Rafael Rivero, sunlight into the building,reducing the cooling load required.
vice president of sales for CPI daylighting in Lake Forest, At the same time, they allow some light into the buildings.
Ill., says polycarbonate translucent panels, often used in ap- Sunshades “… are intended to provide shading from direct
plications such as arenas, schools, hospitals and malls, can sunlight through louvers (to diffuse sunlight) or solid covers
also provide a solution.
(to provide complete shading).”
A number of manufacturers offer sunshade products, in-
“They provide diffused light.It’s a good translucent that allows
more light without glare,” he says.“We’re able to bring deeper cluding Kawneer,whoseVersoleil Sunshade outrigger system
light transmission,contrast light and dark elements.It’s also an for curtainwall was used on the Georgia Gwinnett College
architectural element to give views and deeper penetration.”
Library in Lawrenceville, Ga., a LEED Gold project designed
Interest in products like these and how they can be used by Leo A Daly.According to Kawneer, bringing daylight and
for successful daylighting is growing.Rivero says they spend views of the surrounding campus into the facility was crit-
a lot of time working with the architectural community to ical to meeting the architect’s and owner’s design require-
help them understand how to maximize the beneﬁts.
ments. As part of the design and to achieve performance
We do a lot of predesign concepts. We do modeling and goals, custom 36-inch-deep 1600 Sunshades were used to
designing to help optimize daylighting in any building,” he shade the building’s interior and conserve energy. The sun-
says. “We help architects bring in an appropriate level of shades integrated into the company’s 1600 Wall System1 and
light.They want more graphic pieces with a lot of color,print created savings in fabrication and attachment time.
and graphics. The panels help optimize the energy of the
As a number of different reports and studies have shown,
building … and they can help scale down HVAC elements.” there are many beneﬁts of incorporating daylighting into
As an example, CPI’s UniQuad wall light glazing assem- design.And that means plenty of opportunities for the glaz-
bly was used recently in the new Austin Independent School ing industry as well. s
District Performing Arts Center (PAC). Designed by Pﬂuger
Associates Architects, the 60,000-square-foot, $30 million
project features 6,850 square feet of the UniQuad wall light
system. The new venue, located on the grounds of a former
airport, earned certiﬁcation from both LEED and the local
E l l e n R o g e r s and
K a t h e r i n e C o i g are
the editor and assistant
Austin Green Building Program.
editor respectively of USGlass
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