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AI gives Fast + Epp building windows brains

DCN-JOC News Services
AI gives Fast + Epp building windows brains
FAST + EPP — Fast + Epp's new headquarters in Vancouver features smart window technology that automatically adjusts for energy-efficiency and comfort.

VANCOUVER — Global design firm Fast + Epp now has a smarter view from its headquarters in B.C.

The firm announced it has installed smart window technology at its Vancouver office.

Fast + Epp explained it built its new headquarters with sustainability and employee health and wellness in mind. The four-storey building’s design features a hybrid mass-timber and steel structural system with cross-laminated timber floor plates, stairwells and elevator cores.

Fast + Epp stated that it included View Smart Windows to improve the building’s energy-efficiency, maximize usable floor space, and enhance the productivity and wellbeing of Fast + Epp employees.

View Smart Windows use artificial intelligence to automatically adjust their tint in response to outside conditions, providing continuous access to natural light and views of the outdoors while controlling heat and glare.

Fast + Epp stated the technology has been proven to cut building energy consumption from HVAC and lighting by as much as 20 per cent, while delivering significant health and wellness benefits to building occupants. The firm highlighted a recent study found that people 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 at Fast + Epp, in a statement. “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.”

For the new headquarters, the firm worked with design architects F2A, interior designers HCMA, contractor Companion Construction, and mass timber installers Seagate Structures.

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