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NASA's New Sensor-Driven, Ultra Green Building

NASA's New Sensor-Driven, Ultra Green Building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A new building at NASA’s Mountain View, Calif. outpost mixes technologies designed for space travel with the latest in green building design –and takes directions from 5,000 smart sensors.

When it warms up outside, humans won’t have to be the ones to open the windows or lower the shades to block the sun. That will happen automatically, thanks to some of the 5,000 sensors in the 2-story, 50,000 square foot building...

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gracia studio: endemico resguardo silvestre

gracia studio: endemico resguardo silvestre | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Scattered along the sloping terrain of valle de guadalupe, mexico, 'endémico resguardo silvestre' is a cluster of twenty hotel rooms, designed by san diego-based practice gracia studio. Positioned within a landscape of vineyards, each ecoloft has panoramic vistas overlooking the scenic valley below. Placed upon steel stilts, the 20 square meter cubes hover above the rocky ground, minimally interfering
with the savannah continuing underneath. Corten steel was selected to surface the small structures, aging with time to blend into the rustic hues of the encompassing nature.

With each unit strategically oriented to unobstructed views directed towards the valley, guests may close their personal entry door and feel isolated in nature. Attached to each cabin, a personal patio and fireplace allow for comfortable lounging outside. The 99 hectare complex is completed with a nearby winery and pool.

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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 19, 2014 8:38 PM

This is so beautiful,I can not imagine staying somewhere like this. It must be amazing to be able to view the Mexican desert from the comfort of a room.What an amazing concept, I'm sure there will be more resorts with this concept in other regions in the future. Although I'm sure the perfect weather in this area must add to the allure of the environment. The wildlife must also be amazing to see.

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Green Roofs are Changing Architecture and Planning

Green Roofs are Changing Architecture and Planning | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Green roofs are not new; they have been used for thousands of years because they helped insulate, thrived in the sun instead of rotting, and other than the increased structure, they were cheap as, well, the dirt that they were planted in. Then flat roofs came in and were covered in tar and asphalt, which needed a lot of maintenance. Engineers and architects didn't worry much about them; nobody could see them. Roofs became parking lots for equipment.

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HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti

HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that it has selected HOK as an official design partner for Project Haiti – a building designed to LEED Platinum principles that will replace a Port-au-Prince orphanage and children’s center devastated by the 2010 earthquake. The new structure will provide a safe, healthy home for the kids of the Fondation Enfant Jesus orphanage and children’s center. The design, which was just revealed yesterday, will take full advantage of passive heating and cooling, require minimal maintenance, and be independent from the city’s unreliable power grid.

“The challenge — to design, build and operate a highly sustainable project that will help these Haitian children — is an amazing opportunity,” said HOK Director of Sustainable Design Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C. “We are creating a replicable, living textbook of sustainable design tailored to the Haitian culture that we hope will influence the future of architecture in the region.”

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Blue Waters Data Center Achieves LEED Gold

Blue Waters Data Center Achieves LEED Gold | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) announced that the National Petascale Computing Facility (NPCF) at the University of Illinois has been earned a Gold-level certification under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating program for energy-efficient buildings.

The features of the NPCF data center that led to a LEED Gold certification include a 480V power distribution system for computating equipment, a focus on water-cooled computational and storage equipment, external cooling towers for free cooling, low-impact landscaping with native prairie plants and using best practice construction methods to improve the air quality environment within the facility...

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Unit Fusion Housing Project by Y Design Office

Unit Fusion Housing Project by Y Design Office | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

International design and research collaborative Y Design Office has sent us the proposal Unit Fusion, a modular, plug-in high-rise residential typology for Hong Kong. As of yet, the 75-story tower project is still in its conceptual design phase.

The ambition is a new alternative high-rise residential typology, in which its inhabitants are given unique units and allocations in accordance to specific zoning strategy within a tower structure, thus creating a phenomenal living experience through bonding and acquiring needs by each and every single individual. It is a re-interpretation of the balance between genericity and specificity aiming at formulating an extraordinary democratic living concept...

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Secluded Cottage Retreat Promising a Modern Lifestyle

Secluded Cottage Retreat Promising a Modern Lifestyle | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This Cottage Home by award-winning architecture studio Method Design received a massive make-over that turned the construction into a fabulous contemporary second home resting in natural surroundings. The original building dates back to the 1960s,but the remodeling led to an impressive modern retreat rising from between mature trees. Located in New York, the modern cottage retreat is described by the talented and inspired team behind the project: “In this significant AIA Honor Award winning Addition / Alteration to an existing 1960’s Modern house on a sloped site in Pound Ridge, NY – our office was asked to reconsider three major aspects of the current condition – creation of a formal entry, an addition of a master suite, and a sustainable re-cladding of the entire house. Our approach centered on a qualitative response to the inherent characteristics of the site, which included intrusion of large old growth trees into the immediate area of the house, the dramatic coloration of the site’s seasonal foliage, and the daily use of the occupants which prescribed clear articulation of private and public space.

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Natural Australian Home by Bureau^proberts

Natural Australian Home by Bureau^proberts | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Bureau^proberts have designed this stunning, vast family home, placed within the beautiful surroundings of Newmarket, Queensland, Australia.

The home was designed for a close knit, young family and occupies the crest of a hill facing south towards views of the Brisbane city skyline and Mount Coot-tha. A series of connected pavilions perched on solid concrete platforms encourage exploration and interaction whilst portraying a sense of permanency and refuge. The concrete construction enhances a sensation of intransience the client desired, while timber elements re-interpret the craftsmanship of Queensland home construction, responding to the suburban context of Newmarket’s 19th and 20th century dwellings.

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Brooks + Scarpa’s Contemporary Art Museum Canopy in Raleigh

Brooks + Scarpa’s Contemporary Art Museum Canopy in Raleigh | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum chose its new home in the city’s Depot District carefully. Located in a former produce warehouse, the project calls attention to the city’s history of railroad transportation and red brick architecture while emphasizing its commitment to sustainability and adaptive reuse. Led by Brooks + Scarpa Architects, the project included renovation of the existing 21,000-square-foot structure and the addition of a 900-square-foot entry pavilion. The glass-enclosed lobby reinterprets the location of the original building’s loading dock with an expanded and folded canopy that announces the building’s new purpose and balances the effect of daylight on its interiors.

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What is green architecture?

What is green architecture? | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Green architecture, or durable construction, has the goal of using nature in a better way, without harming it. A green building has its own life cycle, encompassing everything- from rough construction to the smallest detail, following the laws of comfort and rationality. Passive houses are like living creatures; they are oxygen powered- upon taking in air, they process it, releasing the used air to the outside, keeping the temperature inside steady and disallowing the formation of moisture in the process.

Check out this Green Architecture image gallery for more green designs and a description of the sustainable features found at each project...

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Russian River Studio

Russian River Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed for a photographer and a writer as a multi-purpose space for painting, drawing, writing, photography, creative dreaming, holiday meals, small workshops, and overflow guests, this 864 SF building with porch and terraced extensions frames the top of the hill above a small existing dwelling. Metal siding, used to better protect the shaded north side, wraps the east end of the house at the transition to the porch-covered entry and wood board-and-batten used on the rest of the walls. Large, colorful wall panels at the interior serve as accents for the otherwise white walls and open to reveal work spaces. The large, light-filled primary space, with polished concrete floors and a ceiling painted blue between exposed wood framing, adapts easily to the changing uses.

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Apogee Stadium: US’ First LEED Platinum Stadium Uses Wind Turbines to Power its Games

Apogee Stadium: US’ First LEED Platinum Stadium Uses Wind Turbines to Power its Games | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Apogee Stadium at the University of North Texas is not only LEED Platinum certified, but it also boasts 3 wind turbines to generate 1/3 of its electricity.

The recently completed Apogee Stadium at the University of North Texas is one of the first collegiate venues to generate on-site renewable energy with a set of wind turbines. Three utility-scale wind turbines provide 1/3 of the stadium's annual energy consumption, which coupled with the stadium's energy-efficient design equates to a huge win for the university. Designed by HKS Inc, the 31,000 seat Apogee Stadium takes inspiration from the school's mascot - the eagle, and includes a winged exposed steel structure along with plenty of carbon reducing strategies...

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Pitch's House by Iñaqui Carnicero

Pitch's House by Iñaqui Carnicero | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Pitch’s House is located in the small neighbourhood of Los Peñascales, west of Madrid. The site is characterised by a great, south orienting, slope with two great granite rocks partially covered with moss. Although this house, designed by Iñaqui Carnicero, had considerable economic restrictions, it enjoys a great diversity of spaces...

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Tangga House by Guz Architects

Tangga House by Guz Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Tangga House is another Singapore’s dream home designed by Guz Architects.
Completed in 2009, the 7,663 square foot residence is located in Holland Village, an elite district of Singapore that is famous amongst the expatriate community.
The luxury single-family home gives the owners the opportunity to live in harmony and comfort with nature, in Singapore’s hot tropical climate.

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Sustainable Prefab Garden Home by in.it.studios

Sustainable Prefab Garden Home by in.it.studios | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

in.it.studios, a prefab house designer from UK, has designed a sustainable prefab garden house. This sustainable architecture building is completed with sustainable features and constructed from sustainable building materials. With contemporary design, this prefab house looks very beautiful.

This eco friendly construction adopts open plan concept, where a large deck area is available connected with the interior through bi-folding doors. The owners needed an extra space for elderly parents, and this 1,055 sq ft house can meet the criteria. The separation and privacy for each generation can still be maintained...

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Built on Stilts: Tom Kundig's Sol Duc Cabin

Built on Stilts: Tom Kundig's Sol Duc Cabin | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Kundig cabin seals up tight, stands up tall above the flood line.

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Vienna is home to the first hotel with a zero energy balance

Vienna is home to the first hotel with a zero energy balance | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Holidaying in Vienna and having nothing on your conscience more serious than a few too many slices of Sachertorte: you can do it if you stay at the Boutiquehotel Stadthalle, the world’s first city centre hotel with a zero energy balance certified by the European environmental quality mark.

All the energy the hotel complex requires is generated from renewable energy sources: a geothermal pump, a photovoltaic installation, solar panels and “active thermal slabs”: thermal activation of concrete and, in the near future, wind power. Rainwater is used for the toilets and to water the garden.

Other measures decrease the consumption of the hotel which is divided into two volumes: a renovated existing building and a new expansion built according to the dictates of passive construction with cement cladding...

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Nguyen Quang Thai's comment, October 6, 2014 8:15 AM
There are many benefits for the hotels running sustainability program such as cost savings, competitive advantages and protecting environment. Consider, Vienna hotel, is the best example for energy savings. Vienna hotel is using energy that is generated from renewable energy sources such as: a geothermal pump, a photovoltaic installation, solar panels and thermal activation of concrete and, in the near future, wind power. Rain water is also used for toilets and water the garden. These renewable energies help them save a lot of money for energy consumption. Therefore, they could gain more profit because the cost of selling a room is substantially decreased. On the other hand, the hotel could have the competitive advantage by running green program. As Alto’s general manager said that “45% of customer choose his hotel because of sustainability”. Instead of investing much money on marketing, he just focuses on the word-of-mouth marketing tool by their green program which results in 95% room rate occupancy for the last four years. However, changing customer habit is also one of the most challenges the hotels have been facing. As to influence their guests, they should use some fun posters which could inspire the customer to join their program and to do the right thing for their society.
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TBONE House by Coast Office Architecture

TBONE House by Coast Office Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

TBONE House built by Coast Office Architecture based in Stuttgart, Germany is a house that features Ecological Aspects such as Geothermal Heat Pump, Vertical Earth Connection Loop, Floor and Wall heating system, Cooling system through activation of thermal mass and the use of rainwater as valuable natural resource for water supply in the house and reduce water bills costs. The house has a very minimalist style thanks to large windows connecting the indoor and outdoor and a purity of lines.

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AIA’s Top 10 Green Buildings in 2011

AIA’s Top 10 Green Buildings in 2011 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced the 2011 COTE Top Ten Green Projects, naming the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve occpant comfort, and reduce environmental impact through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality. Here are the winners...

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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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Sustainable Design of Four-cornered Villa by Avanto Architects

Sustainable Design of Four-cornered Villa by Avanto Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The sustainable design of Four-cornered Villa was made by Avanto Architecs. This building is located in the wilderness of Finland, sits on a horseshoe-shaped island. By its cross shape, the view of four different sides can be maximize. Some sustainable features are provided to achieve low carbon footprint...

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Panama Rainforest Discovery Center

Panama Rainforest Discovery Center | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The visitor center and observation tower designed by Patrick Dillon and funded by the Eugene Eisenmann Avifauna Foundation allow visitors to admire birds and other wild fauna in the tropical rainforest...
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Sustainable Prototype by Studio 804 | blueverticalstudio

Sustainable Prototype by Studio 804 | blueverticalstudio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

bvs is the mind and inspiration of michael ammerman. it is a progressive, cross-media studio formed in 1999 to pursue creative ventures which help push and expand forward thinking ideas and mediums

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Sustainable Architecture: Vanke Center by Steven Holl Architects

Sustainable Architecture: Vanke Center by Steven Holl Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Vanke Center will be the first, highest rated USGBC, LEED Platinum Certified Project in China. Hovering over a tropical garden, this ‘horizontal skyscraper’ – as long as the Empire State Building is tall – is a hybrid building including apartments, a hotel, and offices for the headquarters for China Vanke Co. ltd. A conference center, spa and parking are located under the large green, tropical landscape which is characterized by mounds containing restaurants and a 500 seat auditorium...

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Casa Cardenas, Mexico, Incorporates the natural environment

Casa Cardenas, Mexico, Incorporates the natural environment | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Casa Cardenas was designed by Parque Humano and is located in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. The residence consists of two levels: the upper floor accommodates the living area and the kitchen, while the ground level hosts the bedrooms. Here is more from the architects: “For the concept of this project we have taken advantage of the triangular character of the plot, the slope of the land and the views towards the Cerro Gordo´s Natural Reserve. The building has been conceived as a homogeneous mass, hollowing out a huge opening with an inviting forced perspective effect caused by the asymmetric walls that frames the natural panorama. With the objective of building an interior/exterior relation, the volumetric setting of sloping walls and slabs allow the visual journey from the interior space, deeply linking the project to the existing landscape, it is the exterior landscape which organizes our interior spaces“.

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