Passive Solar and Daylighting Cut Building's Energy Use

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 12, Pg. 58-59

Document Type: Feature article


The headquarters building for Gulf Mineral Resources Co. near Denver requires about one-quarter of the energy generally used in a new conventional building. A double skin provides a thermal envelope around each of seven modules that make up the building and buffers the occupied space from outside weather conditions. Precast structural system also provides thermal inertia. Use of skylights reduces use of electricity for lighting to an average of .42 w/sq ft. Clay and sandstone soil conditions required a combination of foundation systems: on-grade beams, straight shaft caissons and belled caissons.

Subject Headings: Solar power | Light (natural) | Energy consumption | Power outage | Clays | Caissons | Gulfs | Minerals

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