Thinking “green” in an arid desert climate presented new and exciting challenges for our sustainability specialists. With temperatures exceeding 115 degrees Fahrenheit during summer months, sunlight had to be controlled. Through the use of electrochromic glass, visible light transmittance and the shading coefficient can be increased or reduced based on the time of year and time of day to control glare and limit solar gain. This increases comfort and reduces energy use.
Kuwait also faces massive sand storms, presenting a challenge when we considered air circulation in the building. Our solution was to recommend the installation of of biofilters, or “Living Walls”, that save energy, recirculate air, and reduce dust. These biofilters are integrated into the mechanical system to filter CO2, rather than reintroduce outside air. The roots in the plant systems are grown in mats and cleanse the air naturally. The result from using this technology is a healthier indoor environment and lower energy use.