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A Transit Plaza for Seattle's Light Rail Extension by Brooks + Scarpa

A Transit Plaza for Seattle's Light Rail Extension by Brooks + Scarpa | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Brooks + Scarpa design for a transit plaza for Seattle's light rail extension.

The station—an elevated central platform at South 200th Street—will serve as a transit hub, supporting park and ride, 1,050 parking spots, passenger drop-off areas, and connections between the light rail and bus services. Also planned is public art, landscaping, improved traffic circulation, a rainwater harvesting system, and rooftop solar panels.

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10 Climate-Sensitive Contemporary Homes That Beat Seattle's Rainy Season

10 Climate-Sensitive Contemporary Homes That Beat Seattle's Rainy Season | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

On average, Seattle experiences 150 days of rain and 201 cloudy days per year, even though other cities like New York, Boston, and D.C. average more overall rainfall each year.

Indeed, the city's Pacific Northwestern climate has influenced nearly all aspects of Seattle's culture—including its robust architectural heritage. While many historic structures in Seattle derive from the Queen Anne style (including an entire neighborhood named after it), more recently the city has evolved into a hub for high-performing sustainable architecture that takes its climate into special consideration...

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ParadigmGallery's comment, January 12, 12:03 PM
some pretty sweet homes in this post!
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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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Seattle's Bullitt Center is set to push the boundaries of green building

Seattle's Bullitt Center is set to push the boundaries of green building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
With a 250-year lifecycle, water and energy self-sufficiency and its own sewage plant, is this building the vision of the future?
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PARK PASSIVE: Seattle's First Certified Passive House by NK Architects

PARK PASSIVE: Seattle's First Certified Passive House by NK Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Park Passive is Seattle’s first certified Passive House, reducing heating consumption by nearly 90% to meet the rigorous standards for certification by the Passive House Academy and authorized by the Passivhaus Institut. Located on a small infill lot in Madison Park, this striking three-story modern home features a day-lit open stairwell with punctuated views to the street, double-height vaulted kitchen ceilings that visually connect the main living area to an upstairs kids play area, and an open floor plan that flows into a small yard. Park Passive is a model of innovative design that blends livability with sustainability.

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Architectural Innovation: Amazon's Biomorphic Spherical Headquarters in Seattle

Architectural Innovation: Amazon's Biomorphic Spherical Headquarters in Seattle | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, the online everything store Amazon.com submitted a new proposal for offices in downtown Seattle, featuring three biomorphic, spherical buildings.

The central element of NBBJ’s proposal for Amazon’s headquarters is a trio of conjoined Catalan-sphere modules, each built with a structural-steel skeleton. According to the proposal, which is the second submission to reach Seattle City Hall, these spheres would range from 80 to 95 feet in height and contain five floors of office space. The rounded, pentagonal facets of the spheres would meet in star-shaped intersections.

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oliviersc's comment, August 28, 2013 10:06 AM
Inspiration : Richard Buckminster Fuller ; soyons clair !
Norm Miller's comment, August 28, 2013 10:29 AM
These will be the new icons for Seattle instead of the fish market. Very cool.
Norm Miller's comment, August 28, 2013 10:31 AM
These will be the new icons for Seattle. It is about time we see something besides flying fish.
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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 | Scoop.it

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.

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Ultra-green office building breaking ground

Ultra-green office building breaking ground | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Conventional office buildings are getting greener... Many developers are designing their projects with green features to qualify for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, then marketing that label prominently.

But change isn't happening fast enough to respond to climate change and other looming environmental problems: "If the world had three or four centuries to address these challenges, we would be right on track."

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