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Tall Wood: Technology To Build Wood Buildings Thirty Stories High

Tall Wood: Technology To Build Wood Buildings Thirty Stories High | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Wood is the greenest building ..material, but its use has been limited to buildings a couple of floors high. Not any more.

Wood is perhaps the greenest building material; it is a renewable resource that absorbs carbon dioxide as it grows, which is sequestered in the wood when it is cut into building materials. But until recently its use was limited to low rise structures due to concern about the fire hazard.

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Coastal Residence by Boora Architects

Coastal Residence by Boora Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This coastal residence is an exploration in erasing boundaries between indoors and out. Sited on the Oregon Coast, the 2,865 square-foot home opens to the natural landscape with 180-degree views. The design employs a duality of openness and expansive views with spaces that are private and quiet.

The residence is organized in three parts, joined in U-shape formation around a central courtyard fronting the view.

The upper floor in the largest of the two buildings is extensively glass-walled. Windows crescendo from 8 to 15-feet tall at the most outward facing point. A large covered deck extends the indoor footprint by nearly an additional 1/3, joining the massing of the residence, framing an outdoor invisible wall. The lower level is more private, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a flex room–a space that converts open living area into a guest bedroom by pulling two eight-foot sliding hemlock accordion pocket panels to form walls. Native Shore Pines with a dwarfed growth habit shelter the lower level with privacy. On the upper level, the experience is one of suspension as one’s feet are just slightly above the treeline...

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Live Work Home / Cook + Fox Architects

Live Work Home / Cook + Fox Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Live Work Home, a winning design proposal from Cook+Fox Architects in the From the Ground Up Competition in Syracuse, New York, has been awarded LEED-NC (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction) Platinum certification, the highest possible rating by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). On Friday, November 11, Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair of the USGBC, recognized this notable achievement by presenting the LEED Platinum certificate to architect Richard Cook in Syracuse.
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Beautiful Houses: Harrison Street Residence

Beautiful Houses: Harrison Street Residence | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Harrison Street Residence is a project by Scott Allen Architecture. The house is located in Issaquah, Washington and features sophisticated contemporary design that naturally accommodates a casual Pacific Northwest lifestyle. On both levels of the home the views are maximized. The inside and outside spaces flow freely from one to the other through the use of oversized windows and wall-to-wall bi-parting doors – design features that together with the energy efficient heating and cooling system and previously noted architectural design features create a timeless sustainable design.

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Surprising Architecture Displayed By Coastal Residence

Surprising Architecture Displayed By Coastal Residence | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Constructed in Lagos, Portugal, this fascinating residential home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean will definitely become one of your favorites once you see all the details. Designed by Portuguese architectural studio Mario Martins, the coastal home was created with a few guidelines in mind, as to make the most of its location and offer the inhabitants a comfortable, elegant crib. Named Colunata House, the residence was built using locally resourced materials and its architecture was designed according to solar orientation, but without losing the panoramic views. A subtle transition between the interiors and exteriors was created, respecting the surroundings and carefully placing comfort and views on a pedestal.

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eco-PERCH

eco-PERCH | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The eco-PERCH has been developed to meet the demands of the eco-tourism sector for an attractive, affordable and sustainable high quality accommodation unit.

This versatile unit sleeps 4 people and has been designed to comply with the UK Caravan & Mobile Homes Act. Not only does this mean the building may be zero rated for VAT but it also simplifies...

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Ferrous House - Greensource Magazine

Ferrous House - Greensource Magazine | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

While they may be socially isolated, environmentally untenable, and economically irresponsible, most Americans live in suburbs, and even prefer them. The owners of Ferrous House count among this majority: This husband and wife live in Spring Prairie, Wisconsin, about 45 minutes’ drive from downtown Milwaukee, in a subdivision that lines a nature preserve. Yet when it came time to renovate their darkly lit 1,300-square-foot house, the couple defied convention...

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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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One of the Most Efficient Passive Houses in the World

One of the Most Efficient Passive Houses in the World | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
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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8 Amazing Green Buildings That Break Even on Energy Consumption

8 Amazing Green Buildings That Break Even on Energy Consumption | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
As zero-energy housing becomes an increasingly successful industry, home owners are taking notice. Check out these sleek options.

 

A zero-energy building is one that produces as much energy as it consumes, making it a net-zero energy property and eliminating energy bills for its owners. Although zero-energy homes and buildings are quite rare today, increasing concerns about energy waste have set the stage for a growing market.

Home buyers are beginning to take interest in proactively saving money on energy, and developers are taking note of the trend, too. It appears that most developers building zero-energy homes have only built a few custom properties, Other developers, though — such as KB Home and New Town Builders — have begun rolling out production-scale zero-energy model homes at prices only marginally higher than their non-zero-energy counterparts, making such the construction process more scalable and less expensive than custom plans.

 

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Taliesin West Goes Greener

Taliesin West Goes Greener | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Energy-efficient updates will help lower the $200,000 annual energy bill of Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright's strong appreciation and respect for nature factored heavily into his designs for hundreds of structures. In keeping with his legacy, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will try to modernize the architect's winter home, Taliesin West, with environmentally friendly updates and attempt to lower its annual $200,000 energy bill.

Starting this month, construction will start at the National Historic Landmark, located in Scottsdale, Ariz., in an effort to bring down - and possibly eliminate - the sprawling compound's energy costs. A handful of Arizona companies are donating 4,000 solar panels, replacing 5,000 light bulbs and making the roofs and windows more energy efficient...

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Green-Roofed Linnaeusborg Centre for Life Sciences

Green-Roofed Linnaeusborg Centre for Life Sciences | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Linnaeusborg at the University of Groningen is a green building - literally. Not only is it colored green, but it has a green roof and features energy-efficient, smart, future-proof design. This zig-zagging horizontal tower is the new building for the Centre for Life Sciences of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University, which is located in the northern Netherlands.

Designed by Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau, the life sciences building holds space for laboratories, greenhouses, animal housing, offices, and classrooms all dedicated to biology, zoology, botany, microbiology, and biotechnology. Built around the principles of interaction, dynamism, and flexibility, Linnaeusborg is a high-tech facility with a decidedly green twist.

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Are Container Houses the future? | Sustainable Cities Collective

Are Container Houses the future? | Sustainable Cities Collective | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

French architect Patrick Partouche recently designed and developed a single-family unit made up of five shipping containers. In Africa we’ve seen containers being used as community gathering places, schools and places of business. Having been largely confined to the African continent these efforts always carried a make-shift and “low-class” notion. However, this family unit looks fantastically industrial-chique. With a big push to sustainable building perhaps one of the greatest ways is to simple re-use and recycle...

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NYC's High Line: round 3

NYC's High Line: round 3 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

As one of the most well-known and popular urban revitalization projects in recent memory, New York's High Line has proven the effectiveness and impact of adaptive reuse and urban green space...

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Green Architecture: Meet the Future

Green Architecture: Meet the Future | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

With the advent of increasingly innovative green technologies, architects are now more than ever able to fully maximize their sophisticated artistic vision while simultaneously minimizing the negative environmental effects of their structures.

As climates and resources shift, environmentally-conscious architecture is beginning to produce more and more complex, sustainable, and awe-inspiring buildings, signifying that green architecture is the wave of the future from both a creativity standpoint, as well as out of ecological necessity. In fact, in the most extreme and inventive cases, architects are now not only working to preserve the natural environment, but actually to positively affect, alter and improve it.

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Small House by Cooper Joseph Studio

Small House by Cooper Joseph Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The owners asked for an efficient, off-the-grid, house that would be one with their site. It is a “diamond in the rough”, a precisely detailed modern structure within a rustic, agricultural farm.

 

The 850 square-foot, one bedroom, structure is anchored to the steep hillside with a series of retaining walls and cascading exterior decks each linked to an interior space. This act of at once embracing the hillside and relating inside and outside at every level is an ambitious concept for such a small house yet the one least intrusive to the natural topography. The circulation directs you to the views while the fenestration protects from the hot southern sun in favor of soft northern light. The main interior stair skewers the levels along the predominant central concrete wall. The exterior is predominantly light-grey zinc expressed in horizontal panels with articulated reveals running horizontally. Stained redwood is used for sunscreens and decking.

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Prefab, Glue Laminated Timber Ribs Form This Inspiring "Low-Energy" Library

Prefab, Glue Laminated Timber Ribs Form This Inspiring "Low-Energy" Library | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This Norwegian library is a lovely specimen of engineered wood arrayed in a rib-like concept.

It's been said that architecture is a cultural repository of sorts; the structure, materiality and aesthetics chosen for a building can express a lot about a society's values and intentions -- or at least the client's or architect's.

Case in point are libraries; faced with changing times, there are some grandiose and gimmicky, high-tech attempts to draw more patrons in, but in true Scandinavian fashion, Norwegian architecture firm Helen & Hard's latest low-energy library and cultural center keeps it urbanely scaled, yet inspiring.

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North Bay Residence by Touzet Studio

North Bay Residence by Touzet Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The house is designed running East-West, on the North side of the property. It is intersected by two other elements, forming a series of three courtyards – each with its own separate and unique character. The street-side of the property contains a number of mature live oaks which helped inform the character of the first court.

The 1st court, the “Tree Court” is bound by the Florida keystone-clad wall of the Guest Quarters volume and garage. The court is sheltered by the natural canopy of the oak trees.

The 2nd court, the “Rain Court” is bound on three sides by the circulation spine of the main bar, the Guest Quarters, and the 2-story living room and opens onto a dense garden wall.

The third court, the “Water court” faces the Bay, and was designed to create an exterior environment that encouraged full access to the Bay and its long vistas. The second canopy to shield a court is the concrete “parasol” that extends above the living room volume.

It is positioned so as to offer solar and rain protection. By being lifted above the roof, it allows the Bay breezes to flow through the site, keeping both the Water Court and Rain Court cool. It also acts as a solar reflector, blocking direct sun through most of the day but allowing the light that is reflected off the single membrane roof of the living room roof to bounce off its underside...

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The Windcatcher House | DesignBuildBLUFF/University of Colorado, Denver

The Windcatcher House | DesignBuildBLUFF/University of Colorado, Denver | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Students build a modest home for a Navajo family in the Utah desert.

A “windcatcher” is a centuries-old Persian technology featuring a tower that takes advantage of natural ventilation by capturing and cooling air. Hank Louis, of DesignBuildBLUFF, the University of Utah/University of Colorado, Denver design-build studio, recognized the merits of this simple solution for a recently completed Navajo family home. The house features a tower made of compressed earth bricks with four openings around the top. As the wind blows through the slits, wet blankets (moistened by a drip line) chill the air that then circulates around the home...

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Codina House

Codina House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The house is situated on a flat land of 1500 square meters in a residential area within the city of Mendoza, Argentina.

A typical continental climatic zone, with large weather amplitudes between stations where natural breeze comes mostly from the South.

The project is an opportunity to rethink the suburban houses facilities in emerging environments in contemporary Latin American urban spaces, trying to understand the space as a stimulator, suggesting sensitive geometries that optimize weather conditions and operate from green conscience...

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Totally Green : Magic Mountain Hotel, Chile

Totally Green :  Magic Mountain Hotel, Chile | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Totally Green : Magic Mountain Hotel, Chile...

Montaña Mágica Lodge, also known as Magic Mountain Lodge, is located within Huilo Huilo, a 232 square mile natural reserve in southern Chile. Covered in rainforest moss and vines, this manmade volcano-like structure spews water and is only accessible by a monkey bridge. Montana Magica Lodge was constructed with a surprising architecture, noble materials and a delicate taken care of the nature. With beautiful rooms, excellent gastronomy, bar and a customized service for each visitor, you will be able to enjoy the propitious atmosphere for the rest of the body and soul. ..

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This magical Hotel looking great and beyond imagine, also located in unique area, which is surrounded by nature. With a unique architecture, the maintenance must be taken care seriously as well to keep it clean and good looking acommodation for tourists. Because there are some important factors that keep tourists coming, such a cleanliness, facilities, and comfortable. Customers satisfied is the main point to keep the business run. By promising different tourist experience here could make them see some good point of this hotel such a cozy acommodation with great view could lead to a great reputation in the future as well. Good management and service all the time are needed as a good commitment for tourists too.

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Prefab's new eco promise

Prefab's new eco promise | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The concept is simple: Make a modern, prefabricated home with the lowest environmental impact -- and price -- possible.

It's called the C6, and it premiered in two locations this month: Palm Springs, where it was part of a Modernism Week prefab showcase open through Sunday, and the TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Starting at $179,000, the C6 prefab from Santa Monica, Calif.-based LivingHomes is half the price of the company's other models. It's the first production home designed to achieve LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, and it's the first to incorporate a range of products certified by Cradle to Cradle, the environmental rating program founded by sustainability gurus William McDonough and Michael Braungart. The cost, $145 per square foot, includes 34 tons of carbon offsets...

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Bir / Hedonistic Rooftop Penthouses by JDS Architects

Bir / Hedonistic Rooftop Penthouses by JDS Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Situated in Denmark, the 'Hedonistic Rooftop Penthouse' project was completed by JDS Architects in the year 2011. The projects was executed is one of the most densely populated areas of inner Nørrebro, Copenhagen. This 9,50,000 Euro project is reflected in a playground with shock-absorbing surface and a playful suspension bridge, a green hill with varying accommodation backed by real grass and durant vegetation, a viewing platform, an outdoor kitchen and barbecue, and a more quiet wooden deck.

 

According to the architects, "We seek to optimize and fully exploit the situations the site has to offer, and thereby design a potential for the future exploitation of the roof to the delight of all the co-op’s residents. Usually a roof defines a final measure of any construction. We imagine cities where people will be the last measure of the environment."

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6 Million Square Feet of LEED Office Space to Hit Manhattan in 2013

6 Million Square Feet of LEED Office Space to Hit Manhattan in 2013 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

It’s been a relatively flat start for commercial real estate leasing activity in New York City so far in 2012. And – in what the Wall Street Journal is calling the local office market’s “toughest test” since the 2008 downturn – three new speculative, LEED-hopeful office buildings are slated to come on line in 2013. Together, One World Trade Center, Four World Trade Center, and 51 Astor Place will deliver 6 million square feet of new space into the Manhattan office market. According to Cassidy Turley, that would be the most new space delivered in a single year since the late 1980s.

The extent to which green attributes play a role in leasing and sales premiums for commercial properties has been a longstanding debate. And much of the evidence one way or another has been purely anecdotal. So consider this article as another in that thread. But it’s nevertheless interesting that all of the towers featured in the Wall Street Journal piece – from the World Trade Center and Hudson Yards mega-projects to the boutique trophy 7 Bryant Park, 51 Astor Place, and 510 West 22nd Street – are, or will be, pursuing LEED certification. The increase in LEED-EB: OM applications from older office buildings could be a welcome byproduct of the value that the new construction market continues to see in the LEED label...

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Extreme Peacefulness: The Modern Jarson Residence in Arizona

Extreme Peacefulness: The Modern Jarson Residence in Arizona | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Jarson Residence is a secluded 4,440 square foot contemporary home designed by Phoenix-base studio will bruder+PARTNERS and located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA. The owners- two real estate professionals interested in modern architecture and their two sons- wanted a home that would answer their need for peacefulness. Weathered steel and copper contribute to the mysterious look of the building, well integrated in its environment. Here is more from the architects regarding its structure: “Entry, office and bedrooms, are on the upper level with the primary living and dining experience, a media / music chamber and potter’s studio tucked beneath. Cork and concrete floors, wall planes of translucent glass, and cabinets of cherry and stainless steel articulate the interiors. The upper level entry and passage are conceived as galleries for the owners’ art collection. The stair down to the collective living spaces plays against the subtle drama of the angled south façade, to draw you to the desert beyond where the double height living room takes you to the sky.”

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