Smart windows technology has been installed at the new corporate headquarters for Fast + Epp, a world leader in mass-timber structural engineering and design.
The company built their new headquarters with sustainability and employee health and wellness in mind. The unique design of the new four-storey building features a hybrid mass-timber and steel structural system with cross-laminated timber floor plates, stairwells, and elevator cores.
Fast + Epp included View Smart Windows to improve the building’s energy-efficiency, maximize usable floor space, and enhance the productivity and wellbeing of its employees.
View Smart Windows use artificial intelligence to automatically adjust their tint in response to outdoor conditions, providing continuous access to natural light and views of the outdoors while controlling heat and glare.
The windows have been proven to reduce building energy consumption from HVAC and lighting by as much as 20 per cent, while delivering significant health and wellness benefits to building occupants. A recent study found that people working behind View Smart Windows slept an average of 37 minutes longer per night, experienced half as many headaches and were far more productive than those working behind regular windows with blinds.
“As an engineering firm, our mission is to develop structures that preserve sustainability while boosting occupant wellbeing,” said Paul Fast, founder and partner, Fast + Epp. “We employed the same approach when planning our new headquarters, and the combination of View Smart Windows with the building’s mass-timber design foundation creates a state-of-the-art space for our employees in line with our legacy of delivering architectural excellence.”
Fast + Epp worked closely in partnership with design architects F2A, interior designers HCMA, contractor Companion Construction, and mass timber installers Seagate Structures.