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Richard Meier & Partners | Italcementi i.lab

Richard Meier & Partners | Italcementi i.lab | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Richard Meier & Partners celebrates the opening of the Italcementi i.lab in Bergamo, Italy. The new building is a benchmark of sustainable design in Europe and it has attained one of the first LEED Platinum accreditations in Italy.


Italcementi i.lab, the new research and development center for Italcementi is intended to reflect the company’s position of leadership, technological advancement and commitment to research and innovation in the use of concrete.

One of the top five cement manufacturers in the world, Italcementi is internationally recognized for its dedication to Sustainable Development. Dukho Yeon, Design Partner-in-charge, comments: “This is our fourth completed project in Italy, after the Jesolo Lido Village, the Ara Pacis Museum, and the Jubilee Church. i.lab is our firm’s most sustainable building to date embodied in sculptural and dramatic, but simple forms showcasing the possibilities of concrete in perfect balance with the technical purpose of the building.”


Each element of the building’s organization reflects an ambitious effort, both in Richard Meier & Partners focus on sustainable architecture and in the innovative use of efficient materials and construction solutions...

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Sri Lanka's First LEED Platinum Eco-Resort

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

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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Frank Gehry and His First LEED Platinum “Make It Right" Design...

Frank Gehry and His First LEED Platinum “Make It Right" Design... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Make It Right's core mission is to construct eco-friendly and LEED Certified Platinum residences for communities in need and Gehry's residence is the first in Louisiana and only one of 22 Gehry homes in the United States.

Renowned architect Frank Gehry has joined forces with Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation to design a home for New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, the area most devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Make It Right’s core mission is to construct eco-friendly and LEED Certified Platinum residences for communities in need and Gehry’s residence is the first in Louisiana and only one of 22 Gehry homes in the United States.

The sustainable features in this 1,780 square foot duplex home include solar modules on the roof, cement board siding set to last for 50 years, ECOBLU framing wood, Benjamin Moore’s Natura and Aura paints with zero VOCs, carpets that can be again recycled into new carpet at the end of its lifetime, countertops made of 75 percent recycled raw materials, an energy efficient tankless waterheater, and floors constructed from post-industrial recycled content and which uses about 50 percent less newly harvested wood than conventional alternatives...

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Greenfab is a Platinum Modular Home

Greenfab is a Platinum Modular Home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Last week, Greenfab was awarded LEED Platinum certification for this modular home, a contemporary residence located in the Jackson Place neighborhood of Seattle.

It’s the first prefabricated, modular home in Washington to obtain this level of LEED certification and the design is part of Greenfab’s 1300 Series now available nationally.

The prefab has 1,870 square feet and several features for energy efficiency: double-glazed windows with a U-value of 0.35, R26 exterior walls, Energy Star appliances, energy recovery ventilation, heat pump electric heating, backup radiant electric heat, and a GE hybrid heat pump water heater, according to a Greenfab release.

For water conservation, the home has low-flow fixtures, dual-flush toilets, a rain garden, a 1,400-gallon water storage cistern that collects rainwater for irrigation and toilet water, and three, 300-gallon storage basics that filter and treat greywater from showers, sinks, and the washing machine.

The home is also smart wired with digital monitoring system that collects and measures data relating to weather, energy usage, and water usage in order to give the owner constant feedback via an iOS-based app.

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Mexico’s first LEED Platinum office building cuts energy use with solar-control glass

Mexico’s first LEED Platinum office building cuts energy use with solar-control glass | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Glass, paint, and coatings from PPG Industries were used in the headquarters building of Bioconstrucción y Energìa Alternativa in Monterrey, Mexico, the first building in Latin America to earn LEED-NC Platinum certification.
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Efficient by design, Transamerica Pyramid earns Platinum LEED

Efficient by design, Transamerica Pyramid earns Platinum LEED | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid has ascended to the top two percent of energy-efficient buildings in the nation, thanks to efficiency retro (RT @USGBC_OC: Efficient by design, Transamerica Pyramid earns Platinum LEED

One of San Francisco’s most iconic buildings is now also one of its greenest, but the news, when it was announced late last month, flew under the radar.

Transamerica Pyramid’s new Platinum LEED rating put the Financial District building in the top two percent of energy-efficient buildings in the nation. The building had already gained the U.S. Green Building Council’s Gold LEED rating with a score of 77 in 2009. But then Transamerica Pyramid Properties, its building management team of Cushman & Wakefield, and LEED certification consultant BuildingWise partnered to improve on a good thing...

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Ellis Residence by Coates Design

Ellis Residence by Coates Design | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Ellis Residence is a modern residential design incorporating local environmental concerns, energy efficiency and visionary educational opportunities for the public. The project embodies the client’s vision of home that raises the bar for energy production while maintaining aesthetics and livability. This LEED Platinum home marks a milestone in the effort to create truly sustainable design.

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Ellis Residence: A Stunning LEED Platinum Home on Bainbridge Island

Ellis Residence: A Stunning LEED Platinum Home on Bainbridge Island | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Ellis Residence in Bainbridge Island, Washington designed by Coates Design is a LEED Platinum home that shines as an example of modern design made green.


Situated on Yeomalt Bluff overlooking Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline, the Ellis Residence is a renovation that resulted in the reuse of more than 80% of the existing materials. The new home cuts energy consumption by 70% with the innovative use of geothermal heating, photovoltaic energy systems, and smart construction techniques. Other key sustainable features include rainwater collection, FSC and recycled wood products, triple-glazed windows and a green roof...

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Factory-Built Micro-Homes in San Francisco

Factory-Built Micro-Homes in San Francisco | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A new form of sustainable development that will manifest itself in San Francisco in an infill project called SmartSpace SoMa. SmartSpace will have 23 micro-dwellings each with ~300 square feet of living area, 300 cubic feet of storage along a wall, and nine-foot ceilings. The project, which will be built with off-site fabricated modules from ZETA Communities, will also aim for LEED Platinum certification and near net-zero energy.

In other words, SmartSpace SoMa is a dense, tiny-house community in a walkable neighborhood with a Walk Score of 98/100. The project will be built with the cutting-edge of construction methodologies. Modules should be completed this month in a factory after two weeks of work, and the ribbon cutting is set for October 2012. That’s quite the turnaround time for a four-level building.

Planned green elements include LED and CFL lights, EcoBatt insulation, low-VOC finishes, Energy Star appliances, formaldehyde-free cabinetry, low-flow fixtures, a cool roof, rainwater collection, solar-thermal water heating, and FSC-certified lumber. Residents will also have secure on-site bike storage and access to various modes of transportation, including the local carshare...

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New MBA Complex at Stanford Earns LEED-Platinum Certification

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

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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Apple to build America's largest private solar farm

Apple to build America's largest private solar farm | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Apple plans to build to America's largest privately owned solar facility, according to the company's 2012 facilities report.

Improvements to the massive data center in Maiden, N.C., which was commissioned by Apple in 2011, will include the 100 acre solar farm, green building design and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council...

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16 Leading LEED Platinum Projects of 2011 - Jetson Green

16 Leading LEED Platinum Projects of 2011 - Jetson Green | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

These projects either obtained or sought LEED Platinum certification from the USGBC, and they’re some of the greener homes you’ll find most anywhere.

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SF's Transamerica Pyramid Achieves Green Building Milestone

SF's Transamerica Pyramid Achieves Green Building Milestone | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

San Francisco's iconic Transamerica Pyramid, a unique silhouette on the city skyline for almost 40 years, celebrates a green milestone.

The 48-story building, already the possessor of a LEED-Gold rating, now is certified at the highest level by the U.S. Green Building Council - Platinum.

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