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Going Green in the US: Three Groundbreaking Eco-Friendly Buildings

Going Green in the US: Three Groundbreaking Eco-Friendly Buildings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Going Green in the US: Three Groundbreaking Eco-Friendly BuildingsGreen Building ElementsAs people become more concerned about the state of the environment, all industries are making efforts to go green.

As people become more concerned about the state of the environment, all industries are making efforts to go green. Though progress has been made across the board, architecture is an industry that has enjoyed significant success. All over the world, cities are building eco-friendly structures and renovating their existing buildings in order to lessen the strain on the environment. To design a green structure, architects rely on the rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council, which is known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Read the complete article for three of the greenest buildings in the United States, as determined by the LEED rating system...

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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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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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2011 Zerofootprint Award Winners at Greenbuild

2011 Zerofootprint Award Winners at Greenbuild | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Award Winners were highlighted last week during the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo held in Toronto. The annual competition aims to ‘jump-start the discussion on how we might retrofit entire cities to fight climate change’.

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Code Green: Are Sustainable Buildings Sustainable?

Code Green: Are Sustainable Buildings Sustainable? | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

What do buildings mean? How do their volume, mass, and detail convey their subject and significance? How do their materials evoke and provoke, or signal what we should see and think about their form and function? And should residences or commercial structures or civic centers or skyscrapers stand for something?

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Volkswagen's Chattanooga Auto Plant First of a Kind to Recieve LEED Platinum Rating

Volkswagen's Chattanooga Auto Plant First of a Kind to Recieve LEED Platinum Rating | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

German automaker Volkswagen's newest United States manufacturing facility has been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as the first LEED Platinum automotive manufacturing plant in the world.

Located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the $1 billion production plant commenced operations in May 2011. For the past eight months this plant has been assembling Volkswagen's 2012 Passat.

The plant, known as Volkswagen Chattanooga, received 52 out of a possible 69 points to earn USGBC's highest LEED certification. International engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) firm, SSOE Group worked as both the Project Team Administrator and Design Lead for the facility.

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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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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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U.S. Green Building Council Raises LEED Standards for 2012

U.S. Green Building Council Raises LEED Standards for 2012 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Under new rules, buildings will have to get green - and stay green.

Critics say LEED ratings don't go far enough - that adding up a bunch of points for green features doesn't necessarily result in a building that's green overall, and that there's no method of verifying whether a finished building is performing as planned.

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Colorado’s First Affordable LEED Platinum Building

Colorado’s First Affordable LEED Platinum Building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The United States Green Building Council announced that Creekside West, non-profit Metro West Housing Solutions’ (MWHS) new 82-unit affordable apartment building for seniors, has been awarded LEED Platinum certification.

The development is not only Lakewood’s first LEED Platinum project, but also the state’s largest multi-family and first 100% affordable building to meet the challenging standard...

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