Solar soars at University of Oregon business school

March 20, 2007

The basics: The University of Oregon’s Lillis Business Complex in Eugene went green with its building envelope, using low-emissivity glass in addition to building integrated photovoltaics. The 145,000-square-foot building received Silver certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.
The players: Architect, SRG Partnership Inc., Portland; general contractor, Lease Crutcher Lewis, Portland; glazing contractor, Pacific Glass, Renton, Wash.; curtain wall supplier, Vistawall Architectural Products, Terrell, Texas; window supplier, Moduline Window Systems, Terrell; insulating photovoltaic supplier, Saint-Gobain Glass Solar, France; glass manufacturer, PPG Glass, Pittsburgh; glass fabricator, Northwestern Industries Inc., Seattle.
The glass and systems: 1 ¼-inch insulating photovoltaics in a CW-250 curtain-wall system, with wiring harness routed back to DC/AC converters; 1-inch insulating units with Solarban 60 low-emissivity coating on rest of the building; multipane storefront system with Zero- Sightline operable project-out windows.