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Facebook's Swedish Data Center Will Run on Hydropower

Facebook's Swedish Data Center Will Run on Hydropower | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Facebook is building a new 300,000-square-foot data center in Lulea, Sweden to achieve LEED Gold certification.

In a joint venture with Fortis Construction, Portland, Ore., and NCC Construction Sweden, Stockholm, DPR Construction was awarded a $121-million contract to construct the data-center complex.

This project will be the Redwood City, Calif., general contractor’s first foray outside North America.

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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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Eduardo M. Cuerda's comment, April 10, 2015 4:45 AM
Interesting news, but nothing to do with platinum as a chemical element!
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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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Mitidaption's curator insight, November 18, 2014 5:29 AM

Green buildings reduce #energy and #water use

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Loft Apartment by 2B Group

Loft Apartment by 2B Group | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The client request was simple: nothing but eco-friendly materials, open space and high quality life for a young man with a 7 year old child. Nothing plastic, artificial or shining. Nothing excessive. In this project you will not find moldings on a ceiling, plastic ventilation ramps, halogen blocks or multilevel gypsum panels. The development of the general concept, project design, and engineering process until construction took one year. High speed construction process took another year and a half. And taking into account that every day a person gets more mature and experienced, every day the project underwent improvement and adaptation.

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Temporary Taichung Infobox by Stan Allen

Temporary Taichung Infobox by Stan Allen | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

New York architect Stan Allen constructed this pavilion of bamboo scaffolding at a former airport in Taiwan. The temporary Infobox structure displays the architect's masterplan proposals to redevelop the site.

The scaffolding is entirely of bamboo sticks, tied with metal wire; the structure will be completely recycled when it is eventually dismantled.

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High Performance | Modern House Architect

High Performance | Modern House Architect | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This high performance home features a super-insulated building envelope, ground (geothermal) source heat pump, and 11.7KW of solar energy on the roof. The geothermal system, coupled with radiant heating and central air, will supply the home’s heating and cooling needs throughout the year. A heat recovery ventilator provides fresh air throughout the year while exchanging heat between the incoming and outgoing air steams, minimizing the energy penalty of fresh air ventilation.

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Bali Wood: the World's Largest Commercial Bamboo Structure

Bali Wood: the World's Largest Commercial Bamboo Structure | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Two modern day Willy Wonkas are building the world's first bamboo chocolate factory.

The three-story, 23,500-square-foot structure will be the world’s largest commercial building made out of bamboo. From the outside, the factory resembles a giant Balinese handicraft — like an apartment-building-size basket or a giant crocheted toy barn. The facade and some interior walls are woven from bamboo strips, and the roof is made of dried alang-alang grass. Ripple said the walls had to be coated with food-grade sealant in order to meet building codes for a commercial food-processing plant...

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amazing
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South Yarra House by LSA Architects

South Yarra House by LSA Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A broad mix of architectural styles characterizes this densely populated South Yarra street, and narrow buildings sit tightly along the one-way street.

The project aimed to make a statement within the eclectic streetscape, with light-filled spacious internal spaces maintaining strong connections to the exterior of the building and the home’s multiple courtyards, blurring internal/external boundaries.

Abundant natural light coupled with the installation of electricity-generating solar panels (which also supply electricity back to the grid) serves to reduce the home’s energy consumption, and double glazed windows and fully insulated walls minimize heat loss and gain.

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CIRS opens as North America’s greenest building

CIRS opens as North America’s greenest building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The University of British Columbia has opened the most sustainable building in North America, a $37-million “living laboratory” that will help to regenerate the environment and advance research and innovation on global sustainability challenges.

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is one of only a handful of buildings worldwide that will provide “net positive” benefits to the environment. It reduces UBC’s carbon emissions, powers itself and a neighboring building with renewable and waste energy, creates drinking water from rain and treats wastewater onsite.

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Highlands Park Family Aquatic Center / Meyers + Associates

Highlands Park Family Aquatic Center / Meyers + Associates | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located in the heart of Westerville, Ohio, the Highlands Park Family Aquatic Center is a complete replacement of an existing 30-year-old facility.

The sustainable design strategy utilizes rain water management, green roofs, rain gardens, natural building ventilation, LED lighting, low flow plumbing fixtures, recycled / renewable building materials, bioswales and pervious concrete parking. The project is designed to fit within its natural environment. The use of wood, stone & rock, and natural water features with intuitive landscaping elements not only create a natural backdrop for the pool amenities, but also blend the project into its surroundings.

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mmdm arquitectes

mmdm arquitectes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Obsession for the proper adaptation of the project with the topography+the use of durable materials and clear geometries=a simple and useful architecture.

mmdm arquitectes is an architecture office founded in 2003 by Frans Masana and Joan Dalmases, based on previous collaborations.

The projects that come out of the office have points in common that are the main features of our architecture. On one side, the proper adaptation with the topography to avoid great earthworks and, consequently, an excessive environmental impact. On the other side, the use of durable and not expensive materials that influence both the constructive solutions and the same image of the buildings that we project. Finally, the use of clear geometries in the design of the floor plan and of the volume. The result of this way of projecting is a simple and useful architecture.

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Ty-Hedfan House In The Welsh Hills

Ty-Hedfan House In The Welsh Hills | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by London-based architectural studio Featherstone Young, this home is eco-friendly, with solar panels, heat pumps and water recycling. Guests enjoy a large living room floating over the river, two riverside decks, and a vast kitchen and dining area. Overlooking a valley river near the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales, the comfortable contemporary vacation home allows for a range of possibilities to spend time in the environment.

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Afgh Architects: A New Hillside Home

Afgh Architects: A New Hillside Home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Sitting atop a former hillside vineyard in Oberland is a small, three-story family home recently built by Zurich based architecture firm AFGH . The team at AFGH designed the home fill a niche left by the natural topography of the undeveloped land and allow the hillside to organically form much of the design. Considering that the land formed the dwelling itself, the interaction within the activity areas of the home became very important in developing the layout.

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Shipping containers convert into café at Dubai show

Shipping containers convert into café at Dubai show | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Dubai construction industry expo Middle East Concrete and PMV Live and Smart Box Industries have partnered to showcase a unique conversion of three 40-foot shipping containers...


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Sustainable Retreat Outside Melbourne

Sustainable Retreat Outside Melbourne | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Base Camp Chewton Residence is a project developed by Melbourne-based studio Insite Design and is located in central Victoria, Australia on a site defined by rolling hills, eucalyptus forests and rocky outcrops.

 

 The elongated shape of the compact, multi-functional home maximizes solar control and is just one in a series of environmental ideas applied to this residence. According to the architects,”The interior incorporates large wide views of nature, as well as close up landscape porthole punctuations in solid walls. These frames provide particular views of the landscape in time, allowing occupants to consciously experience the bush at different moments of day, season or weather condition. It is a space to hear the rain on roof, birds in trees, and to see stars at night”.

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Paris Parc: Sorbonne's New Research Center

Paris Parc: Sorbonne's New Research Center | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Paris PARC is located in the visual axis of the Notre Dame Cathedral in a dense context of university buildings from different historical periods. BIG proposes a building geometry that adapts to the specific conditions of all adjoining sides, optimized for daylight, views and accessibility. The three-dimensional envelope retracts from the neighboring facades, opens up towards the square of Institut du Monde Arabe and the park, and folds into a publicly accessible rooftop landscape, resulting in an adapted sculptural building volume situated between the emblematic architectural monuments of the university.

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The Poplar Garden House / Onix

The Poplar Garden House / Onix | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Near the city center of Groningen,The Netherlands, are the gardens of Tuinwijck. This green oasis between a railway track and the Helperzoom offers the inhabitants of the city a low budget possibility to create the most eccentric gardens. It is an ecological garden for the elderly, children and artists to enjoy...

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An Architect Applies Simple Solutions to a Green House

An Architect Applies Simple Solutions to a Green House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Low-tech sustainable solutions help a St. Peters, Minn., home achieve LEED Gold.

Architect Sarah Nettleton, AIA, LEED AP, believes in the simple approach to life and to solving problems. In her view, whiz-bang technology is no substitute for common-sense techniques that promote energy efficiency. This is why the principal of Sarah Nettleton Architects first explores tried-and-true sustainable solutions that often are free but always effective. “Simple can be sustainable,” she says.

Nettleton applied this line of thinking as her firm designed this LEED Gold custom home overlooking the Minnesota River Valley in St. Peter.

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U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington D.C. by Moshe Safdie

U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington D.C. by Moshe Safdie | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by Moshe Safdie, this new landmark provides the first permanent home for the peace institute, created by the U.S. Congress in 1984 as an independent, nonpartisan center for nonviolent conflict management.

The atria and extensive glazing of this LEED Gold-certified building help transmit daylight throughout the workspace, as well as providing views of the city and its monuments.

Other sustainable features at the USIP building include high-efficiency condensing boilers, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, and paints and other finishes low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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Eco-Sustainable House by Djuric Tardio Architectes

Eco-Sustainable House by Djuric Tardio Architectes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The new project proposes a design process and construction system allowing for prefabrication and modular design...

Completely built in wood panels placed on a pedestal, the house is prefabricated in a workshop and delivered to the site to be assembled in just two weeks. The pre-cut Finnish wood panels come from sustainably managed cooperatives of small private forest owners, and they arrived at the site almost finished, reducing pollution to a minimum (as the site is located in a dense suburb).

The double-glazed windows of the patios and South façades, deliberately oversized,  capture the sun in winter and are sheltered in summer. This allows, together with their performance and surface, control of the solar gain and air flow without the intensive use of air conditioning or heating.

The recovery of rainwater can water the garden and planters allow homeowners to cultivate aromatic plants and garden without water over-consumption.

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Lakeside Retreat | Peter Gluck and Partners

Lakeside Retreat | Peter Gluck and Partners | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Architect Peter Gluck and his architect-led design build firm ARCS have created a sustainable family compound in the Adirondacks using concrete geometrical forms buried into the earth.

Conceptually and programmatically, the two buried buildings—a family house and a recreation building with an interior courtyard, amphitheater, gallery, and indoor pool—are essential pieces of a compound on a steeply sloped 21-acre site. The entire grouping, with two guest houses and abundant walking trails, and culminating in a 2,200-square-foot boathouse and dock, fulfills the same purpose as the nearby Adirondack great camps that cropped up in the mid- to late 19th century.

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Plastic Bottle House, Developmental Association for Renewable Energies

Plastic Bottle House, Developmental Association for Renewable Energies | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

One person's trash is another person’s building material...or so it would seem. In the village of Sabon Yelwa the Developmental Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) has instigated an ingenious scheme to transform the region’s litter problem into a positive future for the community through the construction of new residences.

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Fabián Salazar Bazúa's curator insight, March 11, 2013 7:09 PM

Otro ejemplo de lo que la creatividad e imaginación puede hacer con las construcciones.

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, March 17, 2014 5:53 PM

Creativity at its finest! In Sabon Yelwa new residences are constructed from plastic bottles. It is a great way of using something that does harm for the planet and turning it into something beneficial. DARE uses litter as a way to provide decent shelter and eliminate trash filling the streets. Plus it serves as an interesting focal piece!

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, November 22, 2014 3:28 PM

Nigeria may have a growing economy, but unfortunately, it suffers from a lack of housing for its growing population. Instead of building houses from non-renewable materials, the Developmental Association for Renewable Energies (DARE), has come up with an ingenious way to battle homelessness and the growing waste problem. Houses are being built out of plastic drink bottles filled with sand that are mortared together to build sturdy, insulated walls. While we do not often correlate developing countries with sustainability, this is truly something that could be utilized throughout the world in order to address homelessness and recycling issues around the world. 

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Carraig Ridge Passive House designed to last 300 years

Carraig Ridge Passive House designed to last 300 years | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Carraig Ridge Passive House is an innovative home designed for those who really want to get away from it all; additionally, the energy self-sufficient prototype has been designed with a potential 300-year, cradle-to-cradle lifespan.

The project is the vision of architects Les Eerkes and Steven Rainville in association with Tom Kundig and Olson Kundig Architects. The prototype calls for nine homes to be developed in a cluster of 3 to 5 acre lots, with the intent that the development of a small portion of the property will partially fund the creation of a 4,000-acre Canadian nature reserve.

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The Avenue House by Neil Architecture

The Avenue House by Neil Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Australian firm Neil Architecture's Melbourne project The Avenue consisted of designing two houses for its clients: one to keep, and one to sell.

The site is located on an established suburban street, where there was a mandate to protect existing vegetation. For this reason, the houses weave around the the original landscape features and interlock with each other with the use of a wall. The exterior is clad with vertical shiplap timber (a type of inexpensive wooden board) and cement with a velvet finish.

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Montreal’s Centre for Sustainable Development opens its doors

Montreal’s Centre for Sustainable Development opens its doors | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Centre for Sustainable Development, the first commercial building in the downtown core of a major Canadian city to seek LEED Platinum certification in the category of new construction, was inaugurated at the end of October 2011 by its eight socially and environmentally minded member organisations and their donor partners. The construction site has given way to an environmental and technological showcase in the heart of Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles.

“The Centre for Sustainable Development is one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in Quebec. We paid particular attention to the choice of materials and to the environmental management of energy, water and waste, as well as to social issues,” says Chair Sidney Ribaux. The $27M building is equipped with a geothermal heating and cooling system, a high-performance thermal envelope, triple-pane windows, and an approximately 800sq m green roof...

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