Energy & Atmosphere

indoor_environment_imgAccording to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings use 39% of the energy and 74% of the electricity produced each year in the United States.

The Watson Land Company Headquarters has implemented the following energy-efficiency measures to reduce its negative environmental impact.

  • High performance glazing systems with tailored external window shading devices
  • Precast concrete walls with added R-13 interior insulation
  • R-30 roof insulation and white, single-ply “cool roof”
  • High-efficiency interior and exterior lighting systems, including daylight responsive controls
  • High-efficiency variable air volume HVAC systems, including economizer cycle capabilities
  • Direct Digital Control (DDC) energy management and controls systems
  • Rooftop grid-connected photovoltaic system to provide approximately 20% of the building’s estimated annual energy use

The above strategies yield design calculations indicating that the Watson Land Company Headquarters is approximately 25% more energy efficient than a comparable building built to minimum code standards.

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