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Glass Buildings: The Energy Challenge


for Members

Glass Buildings: The Energy Challenge

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by the Green Science and Environmental Policy and the Environmental Sciences Section


The all-glass high-rise tower is an icon of contemporary urban architecture. Developers seem to love the all-glass building as a beautiful object and tenants seem to respond to the panoramic views they provide. From a sustainability perspective, critics have begun to raise concerns and generate cutting edge discussions about the energy performance of such buildings at exactly the time New York City is weighing greener Building Code recommendations. The March 3rd panel will examine the subject in detail, with experts considering:

  • - The engineering calculations that quantify a design's projected energy performance
  • - Trade-offs between light, heat, and cooling loads
  • - What energy codes and standards presently apply and how recent high-glass designs have been able to meet   them
  • - How new materials and designs can optimize the use of glass while meeting ratcheted down energy goals

As many of our older skyscrapers have their original glass curtain wall facades nearing end of life, these buildings will need to be "re-skinned." Thus these issues press not only on new construction but also on many existing buildings.


Nancy Anderson, PhD, Executive Director, Sallan Foundation


Michael Bobker, Director, CUNY Building Performance Lab


Scott Frank, PE, LEED AP Partner at Jaros, Baum and Bolles, will address how glass buildings have met energy codes to date.

Adrian Tuluca, RA, LEED AP, Principal at Viridian Energy & Environmental, will present what we learn from energy modeling and how well modeling reflects reality.

Chris Benedict, RA, an architect experienced in designing energy-efficient building envelops, will discuss the potential of high-performance enclosure design.

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