Case Study: Boyd 3250XT & The 2030 Challenge
As most architects, specifiers, and designers know, the mission of the 2030 Challenge is for new buildings, developments, and major renovations to be carbon-neutral by 2030. In order to accomplish this, firms must prioritize energy performance, which can save clients money and combat the effects of global climate change – a net benefit for all parties involved.
To support the 2030 Challenge, the American Institute of Architects created the 2030 Commitment Program, aimed at transforming the practice of architecture to respond to the climate crisis in a way that is holistic, firm-wide, project-based, and data-driven. Hundreds of A/E/P firms have adopted the 2030 Commitment, and firms from all over the country have been tracking and reporting projects since 2010, with over 2.7 billion ft2 of project work reported in 2016 alone.
The urban built environment is responsible for 75% of annual global GHG emissions: buildings alone account for 39% according to architecture2030.org. One way to meet the challenge ahead is for A/E/P firms to integrate energy efficient technology and systems into their projects in order to save energy and deliver performance over the life of the building.
New Energy Efficient Fenestration Technology
Fenestration systems are a major focus for designers to consider when striving to meet 2030 Challenge targets. New thermal break technology called “thermal strut” is a polyamide crimped-in-place structural thermal barrier designed to increase performance by decreasing window U-Values even lower than traditional methods.
This new strut barrier technology further isolates the outside of the aluminum frame from the inside of the aluminum within the glazing system. This process delivers strong energy savings by greatly reducing the U-values of the fenestration systems. Thermal strut technology also reduces heat loss during colder weather, which helps mitigate condensation.
Aluminum window systems are designed to last and require very little maintenance. The material also offers design flexibility to offer natural daylighting, shading components, and endless color options. Aluminum is an environmentally friendly material that is easily recyclable. All of these attributes and new advancements in thermal technology make aluminum fenestration an excellent choice when selecting high performance products.
Boyd Series 3250XT: Next-level Efficiency
Greater separation from the outside of the aluminum frame from the interior is key when focused on selecting products for performance driven projects. Boyd’s 3250XT thermal-strut window system features an industry-leading 39mm strut and provides outstanding thermal efficiency and some of the lowest U-Values in the industry.
Our 3250XT window systems dramatically isolate the outside aluminum frame to save energy, reduce condensation, and deliver proven performance over the life of the building. The 3250XT is the low U-value window series that helps builders, contractors, and architects incorporate outstanding thermal efficiency into their creations.
Boyd is also an energy and sustainability performance conscious company, and we work towards doing our part by recycling and designing higher performing products that focus on creating less of an impact.
Meeting the Challenge Ahead
Upgrading a building’s fenestration system with thermal-strut aluminum windows is a cost-effective option for improving your project’s sustainability and performance. The flexibility of aluminum window systems also allows for aesthetic creativity by the designer, and the sleek appearance is guaranteed to enhance your desired design aesthetic.
To meet the challenge ahead and design efficiency into your building with Boyd’s high performing thermal strut window systems, contact your Direct Assistance™ tech today.