More Than a Box with Windows Schluter Headquarters-A Case Study in Green Design and Construction

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  • Building green: that was the goal of Schluter, a company specializing in tile installation systems. It wanted its new Canadian headquarters to be low impact, energy efficient, comfortable to work in, and a showcase for tiles. This documentary narrated by energy conservation specialist Jon Eakes explores the science that went into the design and construction of the award-winning, LEED Gold-certified building while explaining why the integration of green systems is essential to making an office that is ecologically responsible. "A common misconception about sustainable design," says Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine, "is that it may be complicated, or that it is not worth the investment. However this project clearly proves that intelligent, environmentally aware decisions can produce systems that are simpler to operate, and a building that is much more economical in the long run." A film by Richard Burman.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 22, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Portions in French with English subtitles.


  • Schluter Headquarters Overview (1:58) -- LEED Certification (3:02) -- LEED Coordination Meetings (2:58) -- Benefits of LEED Certified Buildings (2:31) -- Energy Efficient Flooring (2:54) -- Innovation in Building (3:27) -- Atrium Architectural Features (2:13) -- Water Recycling at Schluter Headquarters (3:24) -- Energy Efficiency with Recharge System (2:14) -- Air Handling System (2:39) -- Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling (4:14) -- Heat Pump Technology (2:51) -- Water-to-Water Heat Pump (2:44) -- Radiant Floors and Heat Pump Rooms (4:03) -- Other Innovative Features (4:53) -- New uses for Schluter Products (1:59) -- Energy Efficiency in Roof, Lighting and Controls (5:04) -- Reflections on this LEED Certified Building (3:56) -- Credits: More Than a Box with Windows: Schluter Headquarters - A Case Study in Green Design and Construction (0:24)
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