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KINETICWALL wins 2017 Architizer A+ Award

EXTECH is incredibly honored to announce that the KINETICWALL dynamic facade system was chosen as the winner of the Architizer A+ Awards Jury prize! With entries from over 100 countries, the KINETICWALL was chosen as the best product in the Building Envelopes & Cladding category by a jury of designers, artists, architects, and business professionals. The KINETICWALL and all other winners will be honored as part of NYCxDESIGN week at the A+Awards Gala on May 11, 2017 in New York City. 

We are thrilled that so many luminaries from the design and architecture communities considered the KINETICWALL a worthy competitor among so many great products. For it to be chosen as the winner in its category is truly an honor. If you would like to learn more about the KINETICWALL, you can visit the KINETICWALL product page, read the case study on the Logan Airport Parking Expansion, or contact us.

KINETICWALL wins 2017 Architizer A+ Award

EXTECH's KINETICWALL is a dynamic moving building façade that creates an eye-catching aesthetic. Made of 6-inch flappers attached to stainless steel rods, the KINETICWALL responds to wind currents and undulates to create the look of rolling waves. The wall is customizable and can be designed to accommodate square or curved polycarbonate, glass, aluminum, or steel flappers. It is structurally designed to withstand hurricane-force winds and torrential rainfall, yet it is light enough to enable easy installation, air flow, and visibility from the inside. The KINETICWALL alsodeflects sunlight, thus preventing solar heat gain, and the spacers between the flappers remove the chance for collateral noise.

KINETICWALL can be used on small- and large-scale façades. It's a popular design choice for a wide range of uses, including cultural institutions, transit facilities, and artistic installations. Due to its aesthetic qualities, the wall can help municipalities save money on Arts in Transit and percent-for-art compliance. KINETICWALL is a state-of-the-art yet economical way to create breathtaking, beautiful designs.

Further benefits and details

  • Dynamic flappers move with the wind, creating an eye-catching aesthetic that lends itself to 'smart design'
  • Due to its aesthetic qualities, the wall can help save money on Arts in Transit and percent-for-art compliance
  • Customizable; can incorporate a variety of materials including polycarbonate, glass, aluminum, and steel
  • Can be used on small and large-scale façades
  • Light-weight flappers allow for easy installation
  • Designed to withstand hurricane force winds and rainfall
  • Facilitates easy air flow for ventilation
  • Permits interior visibility
  • Deflects the sun, preventing solar heat gain
  • Spacers between flappers prevent collateral noise
  • LEED credits available for 100% recyclable aluminum and stainless steel flappers and framing
  • Manufactured in the U.S.A.

Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.

Product: KINETICWALL™ Dynamic Facade


Tags: Design | LEED Certification | Louvers


New critical environment damper series from Ruskin® withstands coastal and corrosive applications

The Ruskin® CD50CE (left) and TED50CE (right) critical environment dampers combine the strength of stainless steel and protection of anodized aluminum to withstand coastal and corrosive applications.
The Ruskin® CD50CE (left) and TED50CE (right) critical environment dampers combine the strength of stainless steel and protection of anodized aluminum to withstand coastal and corrosive applications.

A new critical environment damper series from Ruskin® is designed and manufactured to withstand the elements of coastal and corrosive applications. The CD50CE and TED50CE combine the strength of stainless steel and protection of anodized aluminum to combat salt water elements.

“Our reps can now easily select a damper model with features suitable for coastal or corrosive applications,” said Mike Coyazo, commercial and life safety product manager at Ruskin. “Stainless steel linkage and anodized aluminum frames and blades come standard in these new models, making them perfect for harsh applications where salt water is present.”

The CD50CE is Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) licensed as Class 1A and, thanks to low-leak extruded aluminum, meets the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The damper features low-maintenance, non-corrosive bearings and shake-proof linkage; airfoil blades for high-velocity heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, low pressure drop and quieter performance; and mechanically-fastened blade edge seals.

The thermal-efficient TED50CE eliminates thermal transfer and the potential for condensation. The damper also meets the IECC, features the same non-corrosive bearings and shake-proof linkage as the CD50CE and includes twin seals to ensure no thermal path.

The CD50CE and TED50CE are covered under the Ruskin five-year limited warranty program. The program – recently extended from one year to five years from the date of delivery – demonstrates the company’s commitment to quality and makes it easier for engineers to specify Ruskin products.

To learn more about the Ruskin CD50CE and TED50CE dampers, visit

Company: Ruskin

Product: Control Dampers


Tags: HVAC | Louvers


Louvers Play Key Role in Passive Air Management

Louvers Play Key Role in Passive Air Management

At Stanford, they inspire sustainable building solutions and the people who work in them. The Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2) continues to perform and provide a sustainable learning environment. The four-story building contains classrooms, offices, and labs that are filled with experts and students who are motivated by the efficient building in which they work, research and advance a variety of sustainable solutions for future generations to come.

The Solution

The building’s ambitious energy goal called for more than a 50% reduction — above and beyond the ASHRAE 90.1.2004 requirement. According to the University’s website, the building capitalizes on the laws of nature for heating and cooling rather than using mechanical systems. In order to meet Stanford’s interest in creating a modern building, yet retain the classic look of the other structures on campus, Ruskin provided ELC6375DAX combination louvers/ dampers faced with ELF architectural grilles and a passive air management system. This provides constant airflow and outside air circulation.

How it Works

Known as the “lungs of the building” each of the four atria were treated to custom built stacked louvers to exact specifications.
Each atria rises up 89 feet (24 feet and 6 inches above the roof). At night, when the outside air drops to approximately 60ºF degrees, the ELC6375DAX louvers located at the top of the atrium act like a giant siphon and pull up the warm air and allow it to discharge out of the building. The louvers are integrated into a direct digital control system that analyzes the indoor air temperature and determines which windows within the building to open to let the hot air out.

The Outcome

In an interview with KGO-TV, Dick Luthy, Stanford Civil & Environmental Engineer Chairman said that process “will let the building naturally breathe and cool down.” This passive cooling system reduces the building’s energy contributing to the overall goal of 56% reduced energy usage.

The creation of this building was truly a collaborative effort where experts from a variety of disciplines came together to design a passive air management system that takes advantage of one of nature’s  basic laws — hot air rises, cold air drops. The Environment and Energy Building is something uniquely special.

While the impact of this sustainable design will be felt daily by those who use the building, the far-reaching implications exceed anything that could be measured  on a day-to-day basis.

“We felt this was one of the best investments that we could make for the next generation, and our children,” said Akiko Yamazaki, Yahoo! Co-founder, while standing in one of the trademark atriums during the building’s dedication. “For our children to be able to enjoy and experience what we’ve been blessed with, we cannot afford not to do something today.”

The building was constructed to LEED Platinum Standards and continues to perform as designed earning the LEEDEBOM rating (Existing Building Operations and Maintenance).

About the project

Architect: BOORA Architects, Portland, Oregon
General Contractor: Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, San Francisco, CA
Consulting Engineers: Ove Arup & Partners, San Francisco, CA
Mechanical Contractor: ACCO Engineered Systems, Glendale, CA

Ruskin products

ELC6375DAX Combination Louver, CD60 and FSD60 Dampers

  • Fixed Exterior Blades with Low Leak Airfoil Movable Damper Blades
  • Special Concealed Actuator Side Compartment
  • Modulating Fail Open 24v Electric Actuators
  • Aluminum Bird Screen ELF Architectural Grilles
  • Baked Enamel Kynar Finish with 20 - year Warranty
  • Flange Frame and Factory Clip Angles

Company: Ruskin

Product: Louvers


Tags: Exterior Design | Louvers