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This 84,000-square-foot building was awarded LEED Platinum certification in 2014 and houses programs in sustainability and architecture, along with specialized research labs and an auditorium that opens onto a four-story galleria. Sustainable features include extensive glazing that reduces the need for artificial light, and stationary louvers that reduce heat buildup from direct sun exposure on the south façade. The concept of a “Living Lab” was developed to allow the building itself to be a testing ground for sustainable technologies and renewable energy sources.

Loisos + Ubbelohde provided daylighting and shading analysis. The envelope utilized several curtain-wall systems with an array of high-performance glass types that reduce the possibility of thermal transfer while providing good daylight and visual comfort.

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Rochester, NY

Completed, 2012
USGBC LEED Platinum, 2014

AIA Rochester Chapter Design Award, 2014

Energetix Excellence in Green Lighting Award, 2014

College Planning & Management Sustainability and Innovation Award, 2014

Jeffery J. Zogg Build New York Award, 2013

Engineering News Record Best Project Award, 2013


Fish eye view using Radiance showing annual direct sun through clerestory roof.

Top photo courtesy of SWBR Architects.