The Mountain Equipment Co-op Headquarters (MEC) in Vancouver, B.C. has proven to be an excellent example of a building that was designed to be both extremely energy efficient and also a comfortable, pleasing environment in which to work.
The building was completed in October 2014 and boasts an aluminum curtain wall and 6,350 square feet of glazing.
The architect on the building was Proscenium Architecture + Interiors; the contact glazier was Flynn Canada; and the glass fenestration suppliers were Cardinal Glass Industries and C.R. Laurence/U.S. Aluminum.
The glass and glazing materials used included a high-performance curtain wall and windows as well as custom fabricated sunshades, thermal doors and an office partition system. The glazing square footage totaled 6,350-square-feet.
The curtain wall used was considered to be the centerpiece of aluminum involvement in the project, featuring dual thermal barrier technology, three thermal break points and a two-inch triple panel glazing system.
The curtain wall used is engineered to satisfy demanding requirements for energy conservation, producing U-factors from 0.32 to 0.17 (NFRC 100).
The aluminum wide stile thermal doors are tested to high performance standards, and the entrance doors use a polyurethane polymer thermal break and accommodate dual glazing. These things combined create a thermal barrier.
The sunshades help minimize energy usage by reducing exposure to direct ultraviolet rays, while also allowing ambient daylight through.
As a result, the headquarters is an attractive, comfortable and well-lit office environment for its employees.
by Jerry Schwabauer (Azon)