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Rodale Press Operations Center

Rodale Press Operations Center
43,000 sq.ft.
Emmaus, PA

This pioneering environmentally conscious project represents one of the earliest examples of “green building” in the Lehigh Valley region. It occupies a 30-acre former dumpsite and housed all major business operations of Rodale Press. The heart of the design is a groundbreaking “solar envelope” system that cycles air through a 7,000 cubic-foot “heat sink” and heats much of the building without any backup equipment. Other features include solar collectors, natural ventilation developed by a landscaped “cold sink”, insulated window shutters, and water-conserving indigenous landscaping. This design was the recipient of the PP&L Building Award for Energy Consumption in 1979 and the Interiors Magazine Energy Efficient Design Award in 1980.