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Designed for Efficiency

Over the last few months, we’ve taken a look at different design strategies for energy-efficient buildings, from biophilic design to passive design. This month, we take a closer look at some passive design strategies in the form of metal louver designs. In the Special Feature, we take a look at how sunshade louvers block undesired sun and heat gain, while allowing natural light into buildings. As well as being an attractive design element, the location and positioning of metal louvers are an integral part of achieving an energy-efficient building.

Keeping with the energy efficiency theme, in this month’s Guest Column, Brent Trenga, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, building technology director for Kingspan Insulated Panels North America, Deland, Fla., discusses how stretch and reach codes help increase energy efficiency in buildings. As the construction and building industry has taken steps to reduce CO2 emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change, more states are adopting codes that move beyond ASHRAE 90.1.

In this month’s Constructive Insights, Alan Scott takes a look at open plan offices. Similar to open floor plans in residential homes, open plan offices are all the rage. With a desire to promote interaction and collaboration, while enhancing work performance, Scott takes a look at a Harvard study to see what it tells us about optimal office design.

As we head toward the end of this year’s trade show season, there are still a few more on the horizon. In this month’s Show Preview, we take a look at the 28th annual METALCON, as it heads into a new location in Charlotte, N.C., and with it brings a new and exciting take on the traditional trade show experience.

Finally, we take a look at a different type of project this month’s Top Honors. Instead of a new construction project, we see how the façade preservation and restoration project at 54 Bond Street won the project the 2018 Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmark Conservancy. Check out what CTA Architects PC, New York City, went through to restore this six-story, 15,000-square-foot building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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