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A Twisting LEED Platinum Telus Sky Tower for Calgary by BIG

A Twisting LEED Platinum Telus Sky Tower for Calgary by BIG | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
BIG releases plans for the Telus Sky Tower, a new eco residential and office project in the heart of downtown Calgary.


BIG is making headway in Canada with a brand new LEED Platinum residential and office tower for downtown Calgary. Located in the heart of the city right next to a light rail station and the Foster + Partners-designed Bow Skyscraper, the Telus Sky Tower provides office space on the lower floors, then tapers and twists to accommodate private residences and a sky garden up top. The new eco tower will help create a more vibrant and walkable city center.

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Travis Haggerty's curator insight, July 11, 2013 11:29 AM

What a beautifully designed tower. I would love to see this some day. My hat goes off to the team at BIG 

Norm Miller's curator insight, July 11, 2013 1:10 PM

Large buildings can be green.

Te L - Us Business Solutions's comment, July 12, 2013 8:18 PM
I just like the name in the heading - Te L - Us
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Experiential Learning Building at University of Calgary by Perkins+Will

Experiential Learning Building at University of Calgary by Perkins+Will | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located at the University of Calgary, the Energy Environment Experiential Learning (EEEL) building is a five-story teaching facility that allows students to learn in an experiential and hands-on environment.

WIth approximately 11,000 sm of teaching laboratories and 2,500 sm of classroom space, space is provided for up to 3,000 sm of future research labs. The structural module and arrangement of the building systems allows the university long-term flexibility to convert spaces efficiently from one use to another.

The project also incorporates a number of solar control strategies, such as sculpted aluminum spandrel panels and solar shutters that actively track the sun to provide fully daylit but glare-free interior spaces. Additional environmental strategies include the use of thermal mass, an efficient envelope, natural ventilation, earth tubes, and low-energy systems, which contribute to the project using 45% less energy compared to a conventional laboratory building.  Low-flow fixtures and use of captured rain water mixed with recycled process water for toilet flushing reduces potable water use by 64%.

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