Clemson University's Lee III: Clemson, SC

Collaborative Learning

Eric Piasecki/OTTO

How do you teach students to work together? Design a transparent, open floor plan that prompts natural interaction between students and faculty from varied disciplines, including architecture, art and construction science. Clemson University's Lee III, which incorporates extensive daylighting, natural ventilation and materials from on-campus sources, is intended to teach sustainable design by example. To achieve the lowest energy use possible designers selected a radiant heating/cooling system, a bold selection for a building in a high humidity climate like South Carolina. The project recorded a first year EUI of 35 kBtu/ft2 • yr.

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