Zero Energy: Kalwall® Part of Historic Willow School Project
Attaining the standard for a zero energy project is a significant undertaking for architects and builders. The list of materials they are allowed to use in order to meet stringent guidelines are limited and plans often need to flexible and creative.
Kalwall® translucent panels are becoming trusted components of zero energy projects because they give architects and builders a flexible and durable product that meets zero energy standards. Case in point: Kalwall® panels were selected to be featured in what is one of the most ambitious educational building projects in the United States.
The 20,000-square foot Health, Wellness & Nutrition Center at the Willow School in Gladstone, N.J., which opened in May of 2015, is a zero energy facility on track to be the largest school project in the country to meet the Living Building Challenge.
The $7.5 million HWNC features the natural diffuse light of Kalwall® panels, the most highly insulating structural sandwich panel in the world. Kalwall® has perfected a unique fenestration technology that harvests balanced, natural daylight to produce museum-quality daylighting™ while providing the ultimate in energy efficiency.
Kalwall® has been incorporated into the designs of almost 1000 LEED® certified projects. Kalwall® has also been specified in multiple zero energy buildings and BREEAM® projects. To meet the zero energy standards, a building must produce enough renewable energy to meet its own annual energy consumption requirements.
The Willow School already made its mark in environmental awareness when it built the first school building in the U.S. to achieve LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2002 and the first school building to achieve LEED® Platinum certification in New Jersey in 2007. The HWNC is even more ambitious as it tries to meet the Living Building Challenge.
The International Living Future Institute awards Living Building certification after a year of occupancy. Certification requires several highly rigorous environmental standards to be met, including zero energy and water consumption.