Occidental Chemical Corporation
Niagara Falls, NY
The Occidental Chemical Center is among the first buildings in the nation honored by the EPA with the prestigious Energy Star Label, a federal designation that recognizes excellence in sustainable design through exceptional energy performance. Conceived in the midst of the oil crisis of the early 1980s, this landmark structure continues to maintain its place as one of the most energy efficient commercial buildings in the world. One of the world's original "intelligent buildings," it serves as a testament to the seamless integration of innovative engineering strategies and award-winning design. The subject of articles in the general media and professional journals in the U.S. and abroad, the Center has been the recipient of numerous design awards.
Designed in the late 1970s, this landmark structure won the prestigious Owens Corning Energy Award and then, 20 years later, was one of the first commercial buildings to receive the Energy Star, a joint citation by the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency honoring buildings that demonstrate excellence in energy performance. Today, it stands as a model of the seamless integration of innovative engineering strategies with award-winning design.
Between two glass walls forming a double skin, automatically controlled louvers transform the building shell from fully transparent during occupied hours to a fully opaque, insulated condition when vacant. They also provide heat shielding of the interior through near-perfect solar shading. The vented four-foot space between the glass walls creates a continuous thermal buffer around the perimeter from which heat may be collected or purged depending upon building demand. Consequently, energy consumption is one-third that of conventional office buildings.
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- Corporate offices
- Operations center
- Commercial and retail space
Award for Architectural Excellence
AIA State of New York
Energy Conservation Award
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy
Great Lakes Region - Edwin F. Guth Memorial Lighting Design Award of Merit
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America