LEED Platinum Building on the University of Kansas Campus Features Lumira® aerogel-filled LEXAN™ THERMOCLICK™ Polycarbonate Panels
The University of Kansas’s “Studio 804”, an organization for graduate students studying architecture at KU, used Lumira® aerogel-filled LEXAN™ THERMOCLICK™ polycarbonate panels in their most recent LEED Platinum certified building project. Opened this summer, the Hill Engineering Research and Development Center on KU’s West Campus will house the EcoHawks, the School of Engineering’s student research program focused on alternative energy for transportation.
The research facility was designed with a wide variety of energy conservation features and is one of six LEED Platinum buildings built by Studio 804. The building is divided into three pods: two enclosed spaces for working on electric vehicles, and an open-air volume. The two enclosed spaces, pods one and two, are high-bay fabrication spaces completely glazed to allow for maximum visibility, solar gain, and daylighting.
To offset the high heat transfer and improve energy performance, Studio 804 developed a motorized ‘sunshade’ system behind the glass facade which features Lumira® aerogel-filled LEXAN™ THERMOCLICK™ panels. These insulated, motorized panels can be raised or lowered depending on the thermal insulation needs of the building and to control the amount of glare from direct sunlight.
Studio 804 students collaborated with several manufacturers to design this one-of-a-kind, operable shading system. Aerolenz of Santa Fe, New Mexico was the primary systems integrator working on the project. AmeriLux International worked both with Aerolenz and the students in product selection, coordination, and supplied the polycarbonate panels filled with Cabot Lumira® aerogel. Duo-Gard Industries, Canton, MI, provided the 40mm aluminum framing system that was used on the project.
The two-story high, custom-designed installation is the first use of the highly efficient Lumira® aerogel-filled insulated polycarbonate panels in the Lawrence area.
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