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Edison Language Academy is a language immersion school for 470 students in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District.  The school district, faculty and parents are strongly interested in a high performance, healthy and environmentally responsible building and grounds. The resulting design features daylighted classrooms with solar chimneys that provide both daylight and natural ventilation for the classrooms.  Loisos + Ubbelohde assisted the design team in reducing the school’s current energy use by 50% through energy modeling, daylight consulting, and the development of a high efficiency building envelope, including the sculptural solar chimney stacks for natural ventilation. These strategies produced a design that is 31.75% more efficient than Title 24 standards. We also worked with the Savings By Design program to formulate a method for calculating natural ventilation as part of the energy savings calculations, resulting in significant owner and design incentive rebates.  The Edison Language Academy qualifies for the CHPS superior energy performance credit.

 


ARCHITECT
Daly Genik Architects

LOCATION
Santa Monica, CA

CURRENT STATUS
Occupied, 2014

 


crossRadiance simulation of classroom daylighting.

crossThis graph shows the simulation of annual thermal comfort conditions in a ground floor classroom with ventilation provided by the solar chimney.

 

crossRadiance simulation of isolux contours in plan of  adjacent classrooms.

 

 

crossView of upper courtyard: Solar chimneys can be seen on both the left and right.

crossSection showing natural ventilation induced by the solar chimneys.

 

 

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