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SolarWall® Information for Architects & Engineers

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SolarWall® air heating systems help facilitate any level of LEED® certification by generating up to 10 LEED® points. The SolarWall technology is very architecturally versatile and can be styled, shaped, and designed in a variety of colors to augment the building envelope & generate on-site energy. SolarWall systems have been used on architectural projects around the world with a consistent track record of successful results and eye-catching designs; some are seamlessly integrated into the building envelope and others are curved or angled to achieve a desired appearance.

The SolarWall technology is increasingly favored by architects who want to use renewable energy because of its flexibility of design, ease of integration, and LEED® point generation.

The end result is a portfolio of award-winning LEED buildings where the SolarWall system was a vital component of the project’s success.

Some of the more notable projects include the architecturally-magnificent Swedish Museum of Modern Art, the Beijing Olympic Village, the Metall Bau Eisenach Building in Germany and dozens of LEED Platinum, Gold, and Silver projects across North America.  Click here for our portfolio of LEED projects.

Facilitating All Levels of LEED® Certification

Conserval’s engineers work on a regular basis with architects and consulting engineers who are designing LEED® buildings.  Under the LEED 3.0 (LEED 2009) rating system, SolarWall systems can generate up to 10+ LEED points, making it one of the most meaningful and cost-effective technologies to incorporate into a new building.

Here’s how SolarWall systems generate LEED Points:

Energy & Atmosphere

  • In EAC2; On-Site Renewable Energy up to 7 points are available

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If 13% of the building’s energy comes from on-site renewable energy, then 7 LEED points can be claimed.  Independent monitoring and third-party modeling tools show that over the past 20 years of usage for the technology, SolarWall systems displace on average between 20-50% of a building’s heating load, and since the heating load can represent up to 50% of a building total energy usage, SolarWall systems can be sized to generate the maximum number of points in this category.

  • In EAC1; Optimize Energy Performance up to 19 points are available.

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SolarWall systems can help to generate an additional 1-3 points in this category because of the improved energy efficiency of the building resulting from the savings detailed above from the heating load.


Indoor Environmental Quality

  • in Ventilation Effectiveness; another 1 point is available

This LEED point is awarded when a building brings in 30% more ventilation air than is suggested by ASHRAE.  Since the SolarWall technology heats ventilation air, the system can easily be sized to deliver and heat this increased volume of air. This results in improved indoor air quality without a corresponding increase in heating costs.

Materials & Resources

  • Recycled Content MR Credit 4.1 (1-2 points)

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The SolarWall technology contributes to achieving this credit, but the contribution is small relative to the entire building construction.

The SolarWall technology generated up to 6 direct LEED® points for past clients under Version 2.2, with typically 3 points from EAC2, 2 points from EAC1, and 1 point from Ventilation Effectiveness.

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Featured LEED® Projects

LEED Platinum - NREL Research Support Facility - RNL Design Group

2016 Engineering Excellence Award Winning Project
Level: LEED® Gold
Project: Mother Clara Hale Bus Garage, NYC Transit
Architect: STV

LEED Platinum - CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory at McMaster Innovation Park

Level: LEED® Platinum
Project: CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory at McMaster Innovation Park
Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects

LEED Platinum - NREL Research Support Facility - RNL Design Group

ASHRAE 2013 Technology Award Winning Project
Level: LEED® Platinum
Project: NREL Research Support Facility
Architect: RNL Design Group

LEED Platinum - The Currents Residences

Level: LEED® Platinum
Project: The Currents Residences
Architect: Perkins+Will

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AIA Top 10 Green Project 2012
Level: LEED® Platinum
Project: Hood River Middle School
Architect: Opsis Architecture

LEED Gold - KFC Taco Bell - Chipman Adams Architects

Level: LEED® Gold
Project: KFC Taco Bell
Architect: Chipman Adams Architects

Solarwall LEED Silver - Northern Arizona University - Burns Wald Hopkins

Level: LEED® Silver
Project: Northern Arizona University
Architect: Burns Wald Hopkins

View more LEED® Projects


What Architects and Engineers have to say about SolarWall®

To understand why the SolarWall technology is well regarded in the architectural and engineering community, various architects and engineers elaborate below on their experiences with this particular technology, and how they regard it from the perspective of energy savings, the LEED process, indoor air quality and overall ease of integration into the design of the building.

"Improving air quality and comfort without increasing space heating costs was a real challenge, especially in our climate, but the SolarWall system did just that.  And besides routine care such as oiling the fans, the system is practically maintenance free…..cold spots and drafts were eliminated and the fresh air situation greatly improved. Workers are happy with good air quality and even air temperatures"
-Alois First, Plant Engineer; BOEING


SolarWall at the GTAA
SolarWall project at Toronto’s International Airport combines the best of functionality & form; winning numerous awards and being featured on TV & in major corporate ad campaigns.

"We specified SolarWall for the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute after speaking with the representatives of the firm. They attended early meetings with the design team, assisted in the preparation of documents required for LEED certification and were at all times enthusiastic and supportive of the team and the project. I know that for the sustainable construction industry to really achieve their goals, we need innovative manufacturers, suppliers and installers like the SolarWall team."
-Carol Kleinfeldt, B.Arch., MOAA, MAAA, FRAIC, LEED A.P. Partner, KMA Inc.; Award winning & LEED Silver Certified Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute at Toronto International Airport

"Our building has blond brick fascia, so the dark brown SolarWall makes a nice contrast.  The design of the SolarWall was stylized to have a bit of pizzazz to it with the angle on the side.  The building was very institutional looking and we used the SolarWall to give it a bit of architectural interest."
-Tony Mancuso, St. Louis County Property Management, Hibbing Annex Courthouse, MN

BC SolarWall firehall

"[I]t’s like free gas for your car...We were using metal fascia anyway, and there was a conventional ventilation system.  Just by adding the SolarWall panels, it became this solar thing that lets them save energy and money.  Like I said, it’s like backing up to a free gas pump."
-Dave Stafford, architect at Thurston Design; Rapid City Community Centers, SD


"Nothing special was needed with SolarWall.  We just got the energy and cost savings.  The SolarWall system results in 80,000 - 100,000 kwh savings per year.  And this project is repeatable – you could do the same project with respect to standard budget for any school."
-Laurier Nichols, engineer at Dessau Soprin; Ecole du Tournant, Quebec - ASHRAE award winning school that uses 80% less energy than a typical school