Release, Monday, June 11, 2012: While daylight harvesting isn’t new as a strategy for creating energy-saving buildings, it can sometimes be a challenge when the site orientation isn’t optimal and when you want to use the strategy in an AV-enabled classroom. That was the situation for Lord, Aeck & Sargent in designing the Vernon S. Broyles Jr. Leadership Center at Columbia Theological Seminary. The LAS design team wanted to create classrooms that were free of glare without having to use blackout shades or relying on artificial lighting during much of the day. So the team used a combination of innovative daylighting strategies to solve the problem.
The building, which is targeting LEED gold certification, connects a repurposed 1930s dormitory with new “L”-shaped construction to create a contemporary classroom building that’s also sensitive to the historic collegiate gothic architecture on the seminary’s campus. Some other green strategies and products include:
- a variable refrigerant HVAC system to maximize energy efficiency
- rain chains and two underground 5,000-gallon cisterns to collect rainwater for irrigation
- use of recycled, renewable, local and regional materials
Photo credit © Jonathan Hillyer / Atlanta.
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RBc: So how important is light? See this excellent Ph.D. Thesis on the hierarchy of comfort considerations.