Self-tinting, electrochromic glass is being installed at Unico Properties’ 1738 Pearl Street development in Boulder, Colo., and it’s hard to contain our enthusiasm. This is an exciting moment for us, and the broader green building movement for that matter, as this game-changing technology will improve how we design and construct new buildings.
Highly insulated and coated with ceramic material, the glazing system controls sunlight to optimize daylighting, outdoor views, and comfort while preventing glare and overheating by capturing solar heat gain on cool days and rejecting it on hot days. This creates an optimal indoor experience for health and productivity that reduces development cost by eliminating blinds as well as downsizing mechanical equipment. We are thrilled to be partnered with Sage Glass on this project; they’re one of the global leaders in electrochromic glass manufacturing and a great team to work with.
A new, ground-up 3-story, core and shell office project, 1738 Pearl Street is anticipated to be Unico’s first LEED-Platinum new development project and the first of its kind in eco-friendly Boulder. The building will be 26 percent more energy-efficient than a standard new high-end commercial office building, and more than 75 percent of the demolition debris will be recycled and reused.
In addition to electrochromic windows, the project will feature:
- A solar transpired air collector that provides solar heat in the winter, LED lighting, and real time energy monitoring.
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures, drought resistant landscaping and permeable patio pavers in the building will manage water exceptionally well.
- Onsite bike storage and electric vehicle charging stations for fuel-efficient commuters.
The development entails demolishing 12,225 square feet of an existing 24,755 square feet building and constructing a new 28,910 square feet structure with 19 covered parking stalls. Read more about this cutting-edge development in a spotlight from Boulder’s The Daily Camera.