Cool Radiant Design
Inside and Out
Radical energy efficiency became
critical in Japan following 2011’s
massive earthquake and tsunami.
The YKK Headquarters in Tokyo
uses a massive “sudare screen”
that encloses the entire west-facing
façade and provides six functions
including shading, reflecting daylight, and lightning protection.
What’s New From AIA
The 2017 American Institute of
Architects (AIA) convention focused
on the needs, challenges and
changes architects should anticipate
in their businesses and communities.
The focus on the exhibition floor was
on products and technologies that
benefit occupants while also offering
a look to a sustainable future.
Early phase building performance
analysis (BPA) tools can forecast
indoor environmental quality; daylight autonomy; renewable energy
production potential; and more.
The results can be used immediately to inform stakeholders about
the forecasted performance of
The Reginald-J.P.-Dawson Library
in Montreal transformed from a
place simply to borrow books into
a cozy venue to nourish the mind,
relax, recharge, and get inspired.
A hybrid ventilation system and
radiant floor help keep energy cost
increases to just 22%, despite 68%
additional square footage. ©
© Bénédicte Brocard