Friday, January 15, 2010

Home of the Year Special Focus Award

[Source: GreenBuilder Magazine] Judges gave a nod to The Galleries at Turney built by Modus Development and designed by Merz Project architects, which they cited as a good example of desert adaption. To combat the harsh desert heat and maximize energy efficiency, the exterior of corrugated zinc and fiber cement panels are part of the rainscreen system that floats 1" off the substrate via furring channels. The airspace creates a chimney effect airflow between the skin and the substrate allowing hot air to exhaust and pulling cool air from lower vents in the siding. [Note: to read the full article click here.]

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