Fertitta Hall

Above-Code Steel Frame Windows Specified for USC Fertitta Hall

In this report, Eneref Institute examines the window specification decisions for a major university.

"The beauty of working with universities like USC is they want long-term, maintenance-free buildings. And they are willing to pay a premium for lasting materials."

The death of climate certainty, of “climate stationarity,” is how USC Professor Daniel Mazmanian urgently warns that our built environment is not prepared for rapidly changing climate. In a major paper, Dr. Mazmanian calls for integrating our climate future into today’s building codes. In fact, USC’s own Fertitta Hall, built soon after his paper was published, was constructed with long-term lifecycle standards in mind — incorporating solid steel-frame windows to mitiagte extreme weather events locally, while integrating thermal window technologies to reduce the liklihood of those weather events globally.

In his paper, USC Professor Daniel Mazmanian argues for government adaptation to climate change through stronger building codes and compliance.

Eneref Institute is a research and advocacy organization focused on environmental and social responsibility opportunities as a catalyst for change. The mission of Eneref Institute is to launch initiatives that raise awareness for clear, specific solutions that put forward an efficient use of natural resources, demonstrate social responsibility and foster a peaceful, earth-friendly economy.