As a collaboration between the architect, engineers, client and builder, the Northeastern University Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex used an integrated and iterative approach to leverage energy and performance modeling informing everything from programming to envelope design. Through this process, our design team was able to ensure the comfort of the occupants in the building through the use of simulation tools that tested the performance of the environment within the building.
Clever detailing and thermal modeling enabled the team to minimize thermal breaks despite extensive integrated catwalk systems with substantial structural loads in the custom curtain wall. CFD modeling ensured the triple glazing would provide a comfortable interior environment on the coldest days without supplemental heating and the chilled beams wouldn’t create areas of discomfort. Daylighting studies explored the performance of the atrium skylights, adjusting their orientation to minimize interior glare and maximize their daylighting potential.
Unitized Curtain Wall Thermal Modeling
This performance-driven design process coupled with automated systems such as daylighting controls and window shades ensure occupant comfort in a building that is tuned to its environment.
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