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What a Billion-Dollar LEED Gold Project Looks Like

What a Billion-Dollar LEED Gold Project Looks Like | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designed some elaborate green features into the Pentagon's new $1 billion Department of Defense Office Complex, and the U.S. Green Building Council rewarded it with LEED Gold certification.

Regular readers of TriplePundit are already familiar with some of the Defense Department’s sustainability actions, but it’s worth taking a closer look at this USACE project to see how it fits into the greater scheme of things...

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Double Functionality for a Family House

Double Functionality for a Family House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A house can receive different functionalities during its life… some areas may become office areas, libraries or extensions of certain rooms that need transformations. This one was built on an elongate, slightly sloping land, near orchards and vineyards. The project aimed to respond to a “house changing” when needed.

The prominent structural temples in the form of a stylized unfolded paper clip, connects the two units of use. The cantilevered office block penetrates the space bar, creating two separate habitats. The office area is based entirely on the public open space, to the northwest, while the residence tract is oriented entirely toward the experience of nature, to the southeast.

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US Treasury Building's Green Investment Pays Off in LEED-Gold

US Treasury Building's Green Investment Pays Off in LEED-Gold | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Work to make the U.S Treasury Building more resource efficient has earned the third-oldest federal building in Washington, D.C., gold-level LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council...

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FIS-SST Office building by Zalewski Architecture Group

FIS-SST Office building by Zalewski Architecture Group | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

FIS-SST company's rapid growth forced the need to build a new headquarters. A small building intended for about 60 employees and realized with a very limited budget was designed as a company headquarters taking into consideration fulfillment of its present and future needs.

In the building the ‘low–tech’ building materials tendency was contrasted with specialist solutions aimed at improving work efficiency. Despite the low budget of the investment really good solutions were achieved regarding the functionality and arrangement of space in the building. Limited costs were treated as an inspiration for searching methods and means that can provide at the same time comfort of work and use, high aesthetics and original and good quality design.

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Operation Desert Shed

Operation Desert Shed | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Architect Lloyd Russell’s design for this desert getaway passively mitigates the elements with a utilitarian solution, turning a modest modern retreat into a hardy, region-appropriate home.
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LIVESTRONG & Sustainable Architecture

LIVESTRONG & Sustainable Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG foundation is already a name aligned with sustainability of the body, but its new headquarters in Austin, Texas, has also made headway in the world of sustainable design and building— and finance. The outfit leased corporate office space for 10 years already; it was, therefore, time to invest in its own fiscal future by making its own space. San Antonio, Texas-based Lake|Plato Architects and the Austin, Texas-based Bommarito Group helped achieve that vision by designing the project. Together they transformed a 1950’s warehouse in the urban revitalization district of East Austin into a high contemporary building used by staff, researchers, and patients.

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Jean Nouvel’s Shipping Container Restaurant Sprouts on Seguin Island in Paris

Jean Nouvel’s Shipping Container Restaurant Sprouts on Seguin Island in Paris | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Jean Nouvel's giant greenhouse and restaurant called Les Grandes Tables, has been completed and looks like an amazing start to the chic and sustainable island.

The massive plan includes a mix of culture, commerce, and green spaces with music halls, artist studios, museums, and even hotels and cinemas. Phase one of this sensational overhaul was recently completed, and a giant greenhouse and restaurant called Les Grandes Tables has sprouted within a set of recycled shipping containers...

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Energy Efficiency, Sustainable And Low Maintenance: Thomas Eco-House

Energy Efficiency, Sustainable And Low Maintenance: Thomas Eco-House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designs Northwest Architects designed the Thomas Eco-House project- resting on an 11 acre site in the Cascade foothills of Stanwood, the four-story high modern residence overlooks Mt. Rainier and Everett City to the South, while being surrounded by fresh air from wooded hills and native vegetation. The contemporary design is defined by energy efficiency and sustainable low maintenance features. Insulated concrete forms (ICF) – “two layers of rigid form insulation between which concrete is poured” – shaping the residential structure ensure a good thermal and acoustic insulation, while the extensive use of glass captured in between the long lasting and low maintenance stucco-finished walls allow the owners to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

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168 Ellis Park: earth-sheltered home

168 Ellis Park: earth-sheltered home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This contemporary piece of architecture was conceived as an ecological family home.

Constructed on an overgrown infill site in Toronto’s vibrant Bloor West Village neighborhood, the Ellis Park House is earth sheltered into a sloped hillside with exceptional green features and fantastic views...

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Radical Nature: Sustainable Architecture

Radical Nature: Sustainable Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This interesting short film showcases art and architecture inspired by mother nature herself - an unceasing source for design ideas and innovations.

The brief film went with a show called the Radical Nature Exhibition at the Barbican in London back in 2009 – but it’s content and contributors are still as relevant and fresh today.

Listen to Michael Pawlyn, one of the main people behind the Eden Project, talk about his interests in biomimicry. The idea is to look at nature, her forms and principles (at even the most detailed level) and understand how those principles which have evolved over billions of years of trial and error can influence sustainable decisions in the built environment.

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High-tech greenhouse planned for downtown Vancouver parkade rooftop

High-tech greenhouse planned for downtown Vancouver parkade rooftop | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The roof of a city-owned downtown parkade will be converted to a high-tech vertical growing space capable of producing 95 tonnes of fresh vegetables a year.

Vancouver-based Valcent Products has entered into a memorandum of understanding with EasyPark, the corporate manager of the city’s parkades, to build a 6,000-square-foot greenhouse on underutilized space on the roof of the parkade at 535 Richards Street, in the heart of the downtown core.

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Huge Growth for LEED Retrofits

Huge Growth for LEED Retrofits | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

LEED for Existing Buildings outpaces LEED for new construction. LEED energy retrofits allow owners to cut energy consumption by 30%-40%. Recapturing investment in 3-4 years. As of this month, square footage of LEED-certified existing buildings surpassed LEED-certified new construction by 15 million square feet on a cumulative basis.

"The U.S. is home to more than 60 billion square feet of existing commercial buildings, and we know that most of those buildings are energy guzzlers and water sieves," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. "Greening these buildings takes hands-on work, creating precious jobs especially for construction workers. Making these existing buildings energy and water efficient has an enormous positive impact on the building's cost of operations. And the indoor air quality improvements that go with less toxic cleaning solutions and better filtration create healthier places to live, work and learn."

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More people are incorporating LEED principles to existing buildings vs. new construction. Hard to believe?


Retrofitting an existing building poses unique issues and challenges. If you want to learn more on how to manage LEED projects, check out www.SucceedAtLEED.com

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Affordable Green Housing / OFF & Duncan Lewis SCAPE Architecture

Affordable Green Housing / OFF & Duncan Lewis SCAPE Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

OFF & Duncan Lewis SCAPE Architecture shared with us their proposal for the Anglet Logements where they were invited to conciliate a project where the interests of protagonists are sometimes contradictory: the density of needed housing, the neighbors’ quality of living as well as the conservation of fauna and flora. This is an opportunity to invent new scenarios and to propose a strategy that reconciles history and development...

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UC Irvine’s Humanities Gateway Building Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

UC Irvine’s Humanities Gateway Building Awarded LEED Platinum Certification | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The Humanites Gateway at UC Irvine, by Fentress Architects, achieves LEED Platinum certification with its double-faced design.

Designed by Fentress Architects, the new signature gateway to the School of Humanities at UC Irvine is a spectacular and sustainable construction that recently achieved LEED Platinum certification. A number of energy efficient strategies were included, such as three-story light wells for daylighting, high performance mechanical systems, and occupancy sensors. The building is at once playful and creative while paying respect the tradition of the existing architecture of the campus...

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Sustainable Green Prefab Casa Cedeira in Spain by MYCC

Sustainable Green Prefab Casa Cedeira in Spain by MYCC | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

MYCC, an architectural firm based on Madrid, Spain, designed a sustainable green prefab house called Casa Cedeira. This beautiful sustainable architecture building offers modular design, with high energy efficiency and zero waste. The unique exterior design also provide good blending to surroundings...

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Itu House by Maristela Faccioli Architecture

Itu House by Maristela Faccioli Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located in a condominium in the city of Itu, the land of this residence faces a lake and is neighbor to an area of preserved native forest. Given the program and construction constraints, the architects intention was to implement the constructed area respecting the 30 meters setback from the lake, determined by environmental legislation, meanwhile concentrating the majority of the indoors program in just on block. This was determinant in maintaining the lot as much permeable and green as possible.

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De St@art (The T@il) by RAU

De St@art (The T@il) by RAU | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

De St@art (The T@il) is the new office and educational centre of the Apenheul Foundation and the Natuurhuis in Apeldoorn. Aside from its function as an office, De St@art will also serve as a centre for environmental education and as a meeting place for associations, business people, students and visitors. It has an underground auditorium for 350 visitors, two multi-functional rooms, a studio, an exhibition area and treatment rooms for the vets of the Apenheul in the building.

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Twisting Acupuncture Tower for Taiwan

Twisting Acupuncture Tower for Taiwan | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This is a Twisting Acupuncture Tower for Taiwan-Green Architecture. Spiral algae-covered membranes are capable of producing biofuels. This architecture is devoted to Taiwan's Khaosiung port city where the latter at once utilized as a means desilinasi, absorption of sunlight as a source of energy and waste recycling...

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Montrose Duplex: Sustainable Architecture by WTARCH

Montrose Duplex: Sustainable Architecture by WTARCH | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

To realize the need of having sustainable green house, the architect added a new 484 sq ft loft unit above the garage building. This was built around and above the existing tree on the lot, providing a twisting structure that may maximize the sun light capture for natural lighting. A giant window at the top level support the natural lighting and view access.

Some strategies were implemented to achieve high sustainability. Alternative energy used is solar, with a series of roof panels, and rainwater collection is provided.

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Ryue Nishizawa’s Vertical Garden House in Tokyo

Ryue Nishizawa’s Vertical Garden House in Tokyo | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed for a tiny urban lot, the narrow building by Nishizawa might easily be mistaken for some sort of mysterious vertical garden. “With no true facade, all that emerges in the anonymous front are the from bottom to top: the living room and kitchen on the ground floor, followed by the first bedroom on the floor above, moving on to a bathroom, then to a second bedroom, and finally to the roof-terrace, where a tiny room is located, used either as a guest room or extra storage.

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The Next Frontier in Green Building

The Next Frontier in Green Building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Architects and engineers strive to create energy-efficient buildings by controlling physical features like insulation, windows, and HVAC systems. To deliver great energy performance in buildings, however, building operations and occupant behavior have to be addressed, and the policy and technological tools to do that are just starting to emerge.
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A Sweetheart Deal

A Sweetheart Deal | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Decades after they met as teenagers on a Montauk beach, Manhattanites Victoria and Greg Pryor returned to Long Island to build a sustainable second home together.

Paul Masi of Bates Masi + Architects designed a house whose defining feature is a double-height living-dining-kitchen space that opens to the outdoors when large glass pocket doors slide out of sight. “We wanted to bring the outdoors in and make it a seamless transition,” Victoria says.

Green features such as a prefabricated foundation and a geothermal heating and cooling system are buried below ground. Nontoxic finishes and passive systems inside the home add to its sustainable cred and helped keep the project on budget. The result is an elegant beach house that is perfectly in tune with its environment.

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A Survey of Bamboo Architecture

A Survey of Bamboo Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
To many architects and designers, bamboo, one of the most eco-friendly materials on the planet, is much more than just a tool with which to decorate and embellish existing structures...

This eco-friendly material has the same technical performance as most timber, concrete, and steel constructions- but with a  smaller carbon footprint. One of the fastest-growing plants anywhere on Earth, bamboo's regenerative properties are unmatched.

This collection of buildings showcases the natural aesthetic beauty of bamboo architecture.

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Using wood to reach new heights...

Using wood to reach new heights... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Using wood to reach new heights - The Building with timber exhibition in Munich documents the potentialities afforded by this ancient material, making adventurous constructions a real possibility for the future.
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LEED Gold Spaces For Carnegie Mellon Techies

LEED Gold Spaces For Carnegie Mellon Techies | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Carnegie Mellon University has added two more LEED Gold buildings – the Gate Center for Computer Science and Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies.

The designations bring the campus’s total of LEED certified buildings to 12. The latest LEED buildings were both designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects from Atlanta and include a mix of classrooms, offices and laboratories. They replace a 150-space underground garage and more than double the outdoor space with five green roofs and a winter garden.

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