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    2010 year

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    Sun Control  Linear 

In Santiago, Chile, cooling–rather than heating–is the climate control imperative for office buildings. The new headquarters of Empresas Transoceanica, the Transoceanica Building is the first construction in Chile to obtain the LEED GOLD Certification, through the certification system NC (New Construction). It has taken a novel approach to this challenge. Rather than going for the typical glass facade and installing traditional air conditioning, this innovative office building is wrapped by wood on its north side in order to deflect solar radiation, while allowing for natural light to pour into the office space. Its passive solar orientation works intelligently with the site where the building is located, and a 75m-deep ground source heat pump uses naturally cooled water to lower building temperatures.