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Joseph Vance Building, The (Vance Building)
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In 2006, the Rose Smart Growth Investment Fund acquired the historic Joseph Vance Building with the purpose of transforming it into "the leading green and historic class B" building in the marketplace. The terra cotta Vance Building was constructed in 1929 and has 14 floors – 13 floors of offices over ground-floor retail with a basement for mechanical equipment and storage.
In 2009 the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the Vance Building LEED for Existing Buildings (EB) Gold certification.
The owner considered a full range of retrofit strategies such as total glazing replacement and HVAC replacement to address problems with original windows and an inefficient steam heating system; however, the design team soon recognized that substantial energy efficiency improvements could be made by thoughtfully optimizing the existing building features. Some key strategies used include:
Owner & Occupancy
Integrated team, Green framework, Commissioning, Operations and maintenance, Passive solar, HVAC, Lighting control and daylight harvesting, Efficient lighting, Salvaged materials, Connection to outdoors, Daylighting, Natural ventilation, Indoor air quality monitoring
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