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Gleneagles Community Center Regulates its Temperature With Thermal Mass
The community center, which is located next to a golf course, houses a community “living room,” café, meeting room, administration offices, child care facilities, as well as a gymnasium, multipurpose room, arts room, youth room, outdoor specialty area and fitness area. Built on a sloping hillside location, both the lower and middle levels are on grade and provide a closer connection to the outdoors. The gym consists of three open levels, and many of the programs within the building look down onto the gym floor.
A large, overhanging timber roof covers the entire building, protecting the interior from too much sun in the summer and re-directing rainwater runoff into nearby swales for water infiltration. The floors have been cast with concrete and slabs and walls were constructed from double-wythe composite tilt-up concrete. The concrete floors and walls serve as a thermal mass to soak up the sun’s energy and then re-distribute it through radiant floors within the structure. The concrete acts either as an absorber or emitter of energy – whether cool or hot – and helps keep the building a constant temperature.
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