Vaisala, a Finland-based global provider of weather, environmental and industrial measurements, recently opened its new North American headquarters in Louisville, Colorado. The company chose to use aluminum in many of the building’s critical features to help it achieve net-zero environmental impact and a clean, modern aesthetic.
Tubelite Inc.’s aluminum curtainwall and window wall systems contribute to the building’s minimalist, high-performance design. Thermally broken aluminum framing, insulated glass and Tubelite’s PTB120 thermal pressure plate, supplied by Deceuninck, further support the building envelope’s sustainability and energy-efficiency goals.
Designed by OZ Architecture of Denver, Colorado, the office building blends Scandinavian style and sustainable, net-zero-ready functionality. The new two-story, 35,000 sq ft Vaisala building accommodates the majority of the company’s 150+ Colorado-based employees along with a weather-monitoring operation center. It includes a fluid indoor/outdoor space and will also serve as a conference and training center for customers and researchers from around the world.
Thermal Aluminum Curtainwall
“We were excited to work with Tubelite on the pressure plate for this new development,” said Greg Koch, VP of sales and marketing North America at Deceuninck. “Our custom solution, Innergy AP, enabled them to enhance the thermal and structural performance of their existing curtainwall system and realize the vision and high demands for this modern mid-rise building. The results are spectacular.”
Sustainable Aluminum Coating
Protecting the systems’ framing members and enhancing their appearance, Linetec finished the aluminum in a three-coat black 70% PVDF resin-based architectural coating. As an environmentally responsible finishing provider, Linetec uses a 100% air capture system and regenerative thermal oxidizer to safely destroy the VOCs in liquid paints’ solvents. By managing this in its quality-controlled facility, there is no adverse environmental impact either at Linetec or on the job site.
The high-performance architectural coatings specified for Vaisala’s curtainwall and window wall systems meet the industry’s most stringent standards for resistance to humidity, chalking, chemicals, salt spray, gloss loss, and color change. These durable finishes are low-maintenance and long lasting. Reducing the time and labor needed to maintain or repair office buildings also supports aesthetic, economical, and sustainable building goals.
“The clean, modern architecture belies the complex design of the building,” said the architectural firm, OZ. “The end result will be a NetZero-ready building with extraordinary low energy use that far surpasses energy-use codes, making it one of Colorado’s most sustainable office buildings.”