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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Jeanine Nicarico Children's Advocacy and Neutral Exchange Center Resilient Construction and Solar Response

Resilient Construction Design Techniques

  • Steel and masonry exterior structure and cladding.
  • Super-insulation doubles the minimum code requirements.
  • Window to wall ratio is kept below 1:3 to ensure majority of walls are super-insulated.
  • Windows are high performance double glazed, low-e, with high visibility and low energy loss.
  • Windows are designed to open automatically when outdoor temperatures and humidity levels are optimum.

Solar Responsive Design Techniques

  • Windows minimize summer sun penetration, while maximizing winter sun penetration.
  • Windows on south walls are optimally sized to allow generous amounts of sun to warm the stone tile floors to supplement heating and reduce energy costs.
  • Windows throughout the entire building are optimally placed and arranged to maximize daylight harvesting.

CANEC Story Board

Image by: Serena Sturm Architects, Ltd.