Properly integrating the key components for any wall system — air and water control layer, rain control layer, thermal control layer, and exterior cladding — provides a useful checklist when attempting to achieve a greener build. Each of these components is important; however, for an energy-efficient, sustainable and durable wall, you need a green system.
The Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles features EXTECH’s LIGHTWALL 3440 system as a skylight capping its Jewish community campus center. Approximately 8 feet tall and 145 feet around and possessing many and varied angles, the translucent polycarbonate skylight conveys the sense of a floating gem with an ethereal glow.
Designed by Works Progress Architecture for co-developers Urban Development Partners and Beam Development, the property conveys a “push and pull” theme exemplifying the location’s vibrancy. The glass, metal and concrete façade consists of articulated, modulated, rectangular shapes, including some that are setback and some that project over the sidewalks below.
Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH) is now a select service provider of engineering design, fabrication and installation of Geolam hybrid aluminum/wood-plastic composite (WPC) profiles in North America.
“This white paper was needed in order to educate and inform the marketplace about the energy advantages of using aluminum fenestration,” said Elizabeth Cotton (Kawneer), chair of the AMC Marketing Committee. “With today’s technology, these products can achieve current and foreseeable stringent codes requirements in an efficient and innovative manner, as well as achieving credits through green building certification programs.”