Photo by: David Wakely Photography
Solution

De Anza Comm College, Media and Learning Center

Cupertino, CA

Completion

2012

Awards

2010 Best Practice Winner, Overall Sustainable Design Award, California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

The two-story Media and Learning Center at DeAnza College provides 65,000 sq ft of media and learning center space.  The project, a successful implementation of ecological sustainable design, incorporates a buoyancy-driven natural air ventilation system, more than 6,000 sq ft of photovoltaics, and rooftop vacuum-tube style solar thermal collectors.  SGH was the building enclosure consultant for the terra-cotta rain screen wall cladding, metal wall panels, and an aluminum-and-glass curtain wall system.

Scope | Solutions

As the building enclosure consultants, SGH reviewed design concepts for the exterior wall cladding, windows, doors, and roofs.  Highlights of our work include the following items:

  • Analyzed effects of thermal loading and condensation potential of metal panel wall assembly at ventilation shafts and provided recommendations for the interior and exterior air and vapor barriers 
  • Determined the best location for the air and vapor barriers and insulation within the metal panel and terra-cotta rainscreen cladding assemblies
  • Evaluated quality control, ease of detailing and installation at penetrations and terminations, compatibility with adjacent materials, and UV stability of a fluid-applied membrane and sheet membrane for installation behind the cladding
  • Consulted on single-ply roofing membrane that meet Energy Star, LEED, and Cool Roof Rating Council requirements for reflectivity and emissivity
  • Consulted on the photovoltaic (PV) collector field mounting system on the standing-seam metal roof and recommended a system to accommodate rain water that could penetrate through panel joints and penetrations
  • Analyzed the thermal bridging effects of the PV mounting system in the context of the whole-building energy performance and provided recommendations for the placement of insulation within the assembly to reduce conductive heat flow 

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