December 2016

remington-calgary1-200x200A new headquarters development by Remington Development Corporation, south of Calgary in Canada, provides the ideal office environment, partly thanks to a solar shading solution, designed and supplied by Levolux.

The office complex is part of a larger mixed-use development, known as Quarry Park. Occupying a 20 acre site, the new complex comprises a cluster of inter-connecting, low-rise buildings. These provide more than 74,000 square metres of office space, support facilities, food service, wellness centre and other amenities.

remington-calgary2-200x200In order to meet very challenging energy efficiency criteria, the architect, PDR, approached Levolux to seek help with developing an external solar shading solution.

The application of solar shading complements the use of glass curtain walling, which is used extensively to form the building’s external envelope. Levolux worked closely with the architect and local contractor, Desa Glass, to design a solution comprising its popular Infiniti Fin system, with aerofoil and rectangular-shaped Fins.

remington-calgary4-200x200The Infiniti Fin system has been used to incorporate horizontal, aerofoil-shaped aluminium fins across glazed sections to the east of the development. 15 horizontal Fins, each measuring 300mm wide by 62mm thick, are arranged into a continuous, vertical stack.

Fixed at an angle of 15 degrees and with a pitch of 333mm, the Fins combine to form an effective shading structure, with a total length of almost 50 metres and a height of 5 metres. Mitred corners allow it to continue seamlessly around a single-storey section of the building.

remington-calgary3-200x200By limiting the exposure of glazing to direct sunlight, the Fins effectively prevent excessive solar heat gain within the building. This not only maintains a cool, comfortable environment for occupants, but also significantly reduces the need for expensive air conditioning.

On an adjacent, south-facing elevation, Levolux incorporated its rectangular-shaped aluminium fins into a horizontal shading canopy, with a projection of almost 1.8 metres. The Fins, each measuring 200mm wide by 25mm thick, are arranged horizontally between profile cut aluminium side arms.

remington-calgary6-200x200In total, Levolux provided 26 panels, each comprising 12 Fins, which have been combined together to form a continuous shading canopy with a length of more than 57 metres.

All aluminium components, including the aerofoil-shaped Fins and rectangular-shaped Fins, with profile cut side arms, have been given an attractive natural anodised finish.

remington-calgary5-200x200The recently completed office and laboratory complex, which boasts a host of energy efficient features, including a distinctive external solar shading solution from Levolux, is one of just a few at Quarry Park that meets the LEED Gold building standard.