The Truth is Out There: Efficiency and Iconic Architecture Can Co-Exist

Jan 01, 2013

This article discusses thermal break details that could make buildings such as the iconic Aqua Tower in Chicago models of energy efficiency as well as breathtakingly beautiful, using off-the-shelf components. "The best thing to do is to take your structural engineer out to lunch and discuss relieving angles, window attachment, and balcony thermal breaks," the author concludes.

Joseph Lstiburek, PhD, P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow (Building Sciences Inc.)
Journal of Building Envelope Design (National Institute of Building Sciences)
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Building Enclosure Technology & Environment Council (National Institute of Building Sciences)

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