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New York's 'Folded' School of Engineering And Applied Science by Perkins+Will

New York's 'Folded' School of Engineering And Applied Science by Perkins+Will | sustainable architecture |

The Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences was designed by Perkins+Will in New York, with an intriguing and innovative sustainable design.

The concept, characterised by an irregular folded-like structure wrapped in copper, aims to mark a new 'Front Door' for the School of Engineering. The building is organized around a multi-story gallery that allows students to circulate easily through the space. The intriguing learning space is vibrant and breezy; students can sit, discuss projects or share ideas over a cup of coffee in the multi-story student lounge.

Seeking LEED Gold, efficient strategies include improved building shell insulation, high-performance windows, energy efficient lighting design with occupancy and photo sensor control.

Adolfo Sequeira Orellana's comment, April 30, 2013 7:58 PM
so beatiful
Glenn Laughlin's curator insight, November 25, 2013 12:16 PM

It is always nice getting a new building especially designed specifically for you, and by the students

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Blu Homes Prefab: Breezehouse

Blu Homes Prefab: Breezehouse | sustainable architecture |

The Breezehouse, one of Michelle Kaufmann’s iconic designs, is the model for the first Blu Homes development in New York State, consisting of 12 home sites ranging from 6.8 to 24 acres overlooking the Hudson River Valley and the Catskills.

The local developer worked with conservancy groups to sustainably develop the project set amid woods, streams, ponds, and vistas. The three-bedroom, three-bath dwelling features a light-filled indoor environment that connects seamlessly with the natural landscape. Structural steel framing and advanced building science make it possible to withstand extreme weather, including high snow loads and wind gusts of up to 110 mph.

Blu Homes are LEED Silver certifiable upon leaving the factory and are solar-ready. Beyond the standard green features that Blu includes in every home, such as recycled steel framing, radiant heat flooring, high R-value walls and energy-efficient appliances, Blu Homes can achieve net zero energy status, Energy Star rating and higher LEED certifications with the inclusion of other available green elements.

Debbie Walsh's comment, February 2, 2013 4:23 PM
Very cool!
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Sri Lanka's First LEED Platinum Eco-Resort

Sri Lanka's First LEED Platinum Eco-Resort | sustainable architecture |

A new resort in Sri Lanka has earned LEED Platinum, the first-ever such designation for the country’s tourism sector.

The 16 units at the Rainforest Ecolodge border the southeastern edge of the Sinharaja Rainfores. The property, sited on a 500-acre portion of the Enselwatte Tea Estate, plunges visitors in the middle of nature and provides 360-degree views of the tea bushes and surrounding forest reserve.

It has successfully adopted a number of environmentally sensitive attributes, such as a stormwater management system, rainwater harvesting, green roofs, and water-efficient landscaping. The facility has achieved energy savings through the use of windows for natural ventilation and daylighting, reducing reliance on HVAC and electric lighting.

“The eco-lodge initiative remains central to the strategy of building sustainable tourism based on Sri Lanka’s unique biodiversity richness,” said Prema Cooray, chairman of the Rainforest Ecolodge. “The lodge conforms to environmental best practices in design and management, following international ecotourism guidelines in Sri Lanka for the first time, and also supports conservation activity in the forest buffer of the threatened Sinharaja Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

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Chrysler Building Joins Other Midtown Icons in Earning LEED-EB Gold

Chrysler Building Joins Other Midtown Icons in Earning LEED-EB Gold | sustainable architecture |

After energy and water infrastructure upgrades over the past year, the Chrysler Building now joins the Empire State Building with dual Energy Star and LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Gold certification.

No longer is LEED for Existing Buildings Gold certification only the province of the Empire State Building. Tishman Speyer has announced that the 77-story skyline stalwart Chrysler Building has added to its Energy Star labels from 2008 (85) and 2012 (84) by also earning a Gold rating under LEED-EB: OM. The application was primarily supported by recent upgrades to the 1.2 million-square-foot building’s energy efficiency and maintenance program, as well as new plumbing fixtures.

Overall, the Chrysler Building has dropped energy consumption by 21 percent over the past year...

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E+ Green Home by Unsangdong Architects | passive house design

E+ Green Home by Unsangdong Architects | passive house design | sustainable architecture |

Energy Plus House by Unsangdong Architects creates a new type of energy-producing sustainable housing.
A combination of natural properties and technology, this green home incorporates all elements, such as the structural system, materials, spatial composition, landscape and lifestyle into it's passive design and optimized intelligent energy system. The result of a collaboration between UNSANGDONG Architects and Kolon Institute of Technology, the building has acquired Passive House Certificate from the Passivhaus Institut in Germany.

Read the complete article for details on Passivehaus requirements, as well as the green strategies and systems incorporated into the dynamic exterior and minimalist interior of the E+ Green Home...

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Portland International Jetport wins LEED Gold certification

Portland International Jetport wins LEED Gold certification | sustainable architecture |

Designed by Gensler, the expansion invoved construction of a new 160,000 square foot terminal, expanded security checkpoints and a sky bridge between the terminal and parking.

The design of the new terminal roots its inspiration to the natural beauty and resources of Maine. The terminal has extensively used timber, which is a rare element in airport architecture. The facility was built to embrace several sustainable elements, which consist of natural daylighting, FSC-certified glue laminated structural timbers, and low-maintenance, polished concrete floors.

The project has installed the state's largest geothermal system at the airport, which consist of 120 wells, which are 500 feet deep. The geothermal well assists the building to offset fuel costs by $150,000 a year.

The newest terminal of the airport is the second commercial airport in the US to be accredited with LEED certification.

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One of the Most Efficient Passive Houses in the World

One of the Most Efficient Passive Houses in the World | sustainable architecture |
This sweet and compact home was designed by Dennis Wedlick Architect, who has been long commited to sustainability, and built with the support of the New York State Energy Research Development Authority through the High Performance Energy Challenge.

It was intended as an energy conservation project, a prototype home-of-tomorrow that demonstrates the energy-saving potential of residential architecture.
His project, the Hudson Passive Project has tested out as one of the highest performing passive houses in the world...

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In Seattle, a new office building strives for Living Building status

In Seattle, a new office building strives for Living Building status | sustainable architecture |

By late next year, Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood will be home to a new 6-story building that strives to be the world's greenest commercial building.

The new structure will hold the offices of the environmentally-focused Bullitt Foundation, as well as other tenants who share Bullitt’s  philosophy. The Bullitt Center was designed to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge, and if it passes a self-sufficiency test after its first year, it will receive Living Building Status.

The criteria for a “living building” are determined by the Seattle-based International Living Future Institute. ILFI’s standards are considered to be the world’s hardest to meet. So far, only three buildings have been fully certified, though about 100 other projects are in the works.

The building’s design aims to have net-zero emissions, meaning the building was designed to produce just as much energy as it uses. The building also must supply and treat it’s own water, using a 50,000-gallon underground stormwater cistern.

Mitidaption's curator insight, November 18, 5:29 AM

Green buildings reduce #energy and #water use

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U.S. Green Building Council Raises LEED Standards for 2012

U.S. Green Building Council Raises LEED Standards for 2012 | sustainable architecture |
Under new rules, buildings will have to get green - and stay green.

Critics say LEED ratings don't go far enough - that adding up a bunch of points for green features doesn't necessarily result in a building that's green overall, and that there's no method of verifying whether a finished building is performing as planned.

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Banc Sabadell Headquarters by Bach Arquitectes

Banc Sabadell Headquarters by Bach Arquitectes | sustainable architecture |

The new Banc Sabadell Headquarters brings fresh, open spaces to an industrial area in the vicinity of Barcelona, Spain. Designed by Jaume and Eugeni Bach of Paris-based studio Bach Arquitectes, the project is an extension of the bank’s Landscape office complex planned by the same architects ten years ago.

The office building is covered by a dark grey expanded metal mesh façade whose zig-zagging elevations combine function and aesthetics, at once protecting the building from solar radiation and adding subtle changes to its image as the shadows move with the position of the sun.

Planned and built to obtain Gold in LEED Green Building Certification System, this project revolves around the words profitable, effective and sustainable...

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The UK’s Most ‘Outstanding’ Green Building

The UK’s Most ‘Outstanding’ Green Building | sustainable architecture |

BREEAM is the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, with 200,000 buildings certified and around a million registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990.

The largest commercial office in Manchester has now become the highest scoring BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ building in the UK with a score of 95.32%.

Designed by 3DReid, The Co-operative Group’s new £115 million low-energy, highly sustainable headquarters brings their 3,500 staff under one roof in a spectacular 500,000 square foot building.  

The building, known as 1 Angel Square, has been designed to deliver a 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption compared to The Co-operative’s current Manchester complex and an 80 per cent reduction in carbon. This will lead to operating costs being lowered by up to 30 per cent...

GlazingRefurbishment's curator insight, December 21, 2012 4:42 AM

A hugely ambitious design concept. With so much glass however the control of the intenl environment will be a major challenge

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Sustainable Housing in Denmark by Lendager Architects

Sustainable Housing in Denmark by Lendager Architects | sustainable architecture |
Lendager Architects announced their first prize win in the competition to build the first DGNB-certified housing project in Denmark in Næstved.

DGNB is a new green building certification system expected to become the scale for sustainability in Europe. DGNB-Certification focuses on three equally weighted parameters: Environmental-, Social- and economical sustainability, for a holistic evaluation of built projects.

In total, the project will have 24 single family homes, built around a shared courtyard to encourage community and shared resources. Passive solar design with optimized window and shade placement allows for passive cooling and heating. Energy efficient design, including a tight thermal envelope with energy saving systems reduces power consumption, while rooftop photovoltaics produce electricity. Green roofs protect the home and provide further insulation. A close connection with nature and gardens encourages residents to live off the land.

As Lendager Architects told us about the project, “We wanted to answer the questions of how we can build without affecting the environment, how we can build without using new materials, how we can build houses that produce more energy than they use, and how sharing becomes a natural part of the daily life.”
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The Crystal: London's new sustainable development hub & one of Britain's greenest buildings

The Crystal: London's new sustainable development hub & one of Britain's greenest buildings | sustainable architecture |

Electronics giant Siemens recently unveiled the Crystal, a £30m project in east London that aims to promote sustainable urban development in the capital.
The structure, which stands on the waterfront at the Royal Victoria Docks, covers more than 6,300 square metres and takes its place as one of Britain’s greenest buildings, having been built to achieve top scores in both the BREEAM and LEED rankings for energy efficient complexes.
Inside is Siemens’ Centre of Competence Cities, a team made up of urban sustainability experts, as well as an exhibition on the future of cities across the world.
The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, was there to officially launch the building, and said, “The futuristic Crystal is a fantastic new landmark for London which has breathed new life into the historic Royal Docks.” and noted that “Siemens’ investment is a great boost to our ambitious plans to redevelop swathes of former industrial land in order to bring jobs to the capital.”

The hub of this summer’s Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, is only five miles down the road from the Crystal, and the London mayor made reference to the successful games, saying that the new development is another step forward in east London’s “rebirth”...

alexandrine champiot's curator insight, December 2, 9:25 AM

Le long du front de mer « Royal Victoria Docks » dans l’est de Londres l’entreprise Siemens a inauguré un centre d’exposition. Une inauguration faite par le maire de Londres ainsi que par le secrétaire d'État pour les communautés et le gouvernement local. Ce centre d’exposition abrite une exposition sur l’avenir des villes à travers le monde. Pour tous, ce bâtiment est une infrastructure fantastique qui insuffle une nouvelle image aux docks de Londres.
Après les Jeux Olympiques, ce centre d’exposition dénommé Crystal va participer au renouveau de l’est de Londres. Une construction qui est inscrite dans les préoccupations pour l’environnement et pour une ville durable. Ainsi, l’intégration dans la planification urbaine du concept de durabilité et une moindre consommation en carbone sont d’une importance cruciale. C’est dans cette perspective que le Crystal accueille la conférence pour la planification de l’habitat urbain des Nations Unies.

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Actively Passive - 1st building in New York region to meet tough Passivhaus energy standards

Actively Passive - 1st building in New York region to meet tough Passivhaus energy standards | sustainable architecture |

This artist studio in the town of Orient, Long Island is the first structure in the New York metropolitan region, and one of about a dozen in the United States, to be meet the stringent environmental standards of the Passivhaus Institute, based in Darmstadt, Germany.

 With its rough-hewn dark brown wood cladding, it uses 90 percent less heating energy than a typical house. Compare that with the average house built to the LEED rating system: Studies show that LEED-certified homes generally save less than 25 percent in heating energy over typical U.S. construction.


 Lower energy bills are only one of the selling points of Passivhaus, or Passive House, construction, which is becoming widespread in German speaking countries and Scandinavia. “The principal reason that people get these houses in Europe is that they are so incredibly comfortable,” says William Ryall, of Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects. “You have fresh air and humidity control all of the time and because of all the insulation, they are extraordinarily quiet in urban settings,” says Ryall...

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New MBA Complex at Stanford Earns LEED-Platinum Certification

New MBA Complex at Stanford Earns LEED-Platinum Certification | sustainable architecture |

The 360,000 square foot Knight Management Center at Stanford Graduate School of Business has received LEED-Platinum certification, the highest green building rating.

The complex of eight buildings, which opened in April 2011, is home to Stanford’s MBA programs among others, and provides a central space to both bring students together from across Stanford’s seven schools for interdisciplinary learning.

“As we train new generations of managerial leaders, we hope that Stanford’s commitment to sustainability will inspire our students to promote sustainable business practices in the future,” says Garth Saloner, dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The green features of the building underscore the curriculum which includes courses such as Environmental Entrepreneurship and Environmental Science for Managers and Policy Makers...

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The Greenest Building In New York May Well Be A Public Toilet

The Greenest Building In New York May Well Be A Public Toilet | sustainable architecture |

A new comfort station in the Riverside Park will be the first building in New York certified by the Living Building Challenge.

Frederick Law Olmstead designed New York's Riverside Park in 1875. The infamous Robert Moses ran a highway through it in 1935, but didn't kill it; "Today, the mature trees and sweeping lawns of the park tend to disguise the transport-oriented nature of the park’s construction." Occupying part of the park is the Riverside Tennis Club, which is in need of new washrooms to replace their current porta-potties. They hired Rick Cook of Cook + Fox to design them, and are building the bogs to the Living Building Challenge standard, perhaps the toughest green standard there is...

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2011 Zerofootprint Award Winners at Greenbuild

2011 Zerofootprint Award Winners at Greenbuild | sustainable architecture |

The 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Award Winners were highlighted last week during the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo held in Toronto. The annual competition aims to ‘jump-start the discussion on how we might retrofit entire cities to fight climate change’.

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