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During development of the design, roof overhangs and exterior shading devices were refined to block summer sun, while allowing winter sun to be absorbed by the slate floors and concrete block half-walls. Sky lites were placed at the ridge, and light wells were extended through the upper floor to bring light to the center of the building. Lighting control systems were incorporated that measure daylight and dim the electric lights accordingly. High performance windows, manufactured by Alpen Glass, were selected for the project. These windows maintain a very low U-value of 0.18, while still providing excellent visible transmittance and a high solar heat gain coefficient. A mechanical system was incorporated that distributes air through an under-floor plenum created by an access floor system. Natural stack-effect carries air up through the space to the ridge were it is exhausted or mixed with fresh air and heated or cooled and redistributed to the under-floor plenum.

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