Triple-pane. Argon-filled. Low-emissivity. Thermal-break. These terms all describe the oversized 10-foot-by-4-foot windows spanning the high-ceiling walls to not only help draw natural light deep inside the structure and fulfill 82 percent of all lighting needs, but also do so while conserving energy.
The windows are controlled by a computer "brain" in the building that determines whey they should pop open to freshen the place up with outside air. (Indoor air quality is one of the metrics used by LBC.) Outside louvers—also automated—shift to shade the sun or bounce it in, depending on heating needs. At night, to cool the building, this brain can also open the windows and “flush the heat,” filling the building with fresh night air, keeping the center comfortable—and energy efficient—come day.