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New green design methods to revolutionize the building industry...

New green design methods to revolutionize the building industry... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

If you want a preview of the downtown Vancouver streetscape in 2035, start with a walk down Granville or Georgia Street today.

Most of the buildings will still be standing. There will be additions and replacements, but most of the changes that will transform downtown's living, work and retail space will be undetectable from the sidewalk. That includes upgrades to water and energy systems in buildings that in 2012 are models of inefficiency by contemporary standards, let alone future ones.

"If you are thinking 2035, realistically 80% of the buildings that will be in existence at that time have already been constructed," said Innes Hood, a professional engineer and senior associate with Stantec Consulting, a consulting firm with 12,000 planners, architects, engineers, project managers and experts, working in teams to break down the boundaries between designers, contractors and investors, while using advanced computer modelling programs.


Retrofits are crucial.

One of Hood's main assignments is overseeing the redevelopment of existing buildings. More often than not, that means uncovering, through energy audits, glaring examples of waste - air leaks, inadequate insulation, inefficient heating and ventilation systems.

"We are involved in residential projects where we can achieve 80-per-cent reduction in energy use and become essentially greenhouse gas neutral through the implementation of cost-effective technologies," Hood said. "We're not having to strive to the leading edge. These are tried and true technologies around good building enclosures and high-performance mechanical systems such as heat pump technology...

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Absolute Comfort Shaping Nevada Desert Vacation Home

Absolute Comfort Shaping Nevada Desert Vacation Home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed to occupy 1,200 square feet of building space and 900 square feet of exterior deck, this vacation home is actually the prototype of the T-modulome, a prefabricated building system first developed in 2002 by Nottoscale.

 

This stretch of desert near Scotty’s Junction, Nevada, had to be transformed in order to accommodate a modern lifestyle – a well was dug and a leach field created, electricity was brought to the site and a dirt path was built to lead up to the wood, concrete and glass house.

The powerful connection between the inside and outside was created by placing floor-to-ceiling windows in all spaces and slightly raised the building on a concrete plinth to take advantage of the views...

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‘Mud Manifesto’ Offers Example of Sustainable Building

‘Mud Manifesto’ Offers Example of Sustainable Building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by students enrolled in Professor Syd Carpenter’s “The Container in Architecture” class at Swarthmore, the wall is an exploration into the uses of clay, sustainable design, and collaboration. Taking the properties of clay from a smaller object, like a mug or a vase, and trying to replicate those same properties in designing a larger structure was one of the core objectives for the six students studying under Carpenter.

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Design for Ethiopia's New Stadium Blends Tradition With Modern Materials, Engineering

Design for Ethiopia's New Stadium Blends Tradition With Modern Materials, Engineering | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A consortium led by Australia’s LAVA has won an international competition to design a national stadium and sports village in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Its concept blends traditional Ethiopian architectural and construction practices with new technology to create a modern piece of infrastructure.

The team was selected by Ethiopia's Federal Sport Commission (FSC), which wants to replace the current 25,000-seat national stadium with a 60,000-seat stadium and related sports facilities. FSC wants to begin construction in 2014.

Traditional Ethiopian architecture includes examples of excavated historical structures, including ancient rock churches as well as dwellings and cisterns. The team's concept, which includes a sunken arena surrounded by grandstands formed from excavated material, captures elements of those traditional treatments in the stadium’s design...

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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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Integrated Team Guides Bainbridge Island Home to LEED-Platinum

Integrated Team Guides Bainbridge Island Home to LEED-Platinum | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
From pre-construction meetings through each stage of coordinated construction, the team building this home integrated their efforts every step of the way.
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