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Efficient, Contextual and Connected to the Environment: the T House in Quebec, Canada

Efficient, Contextual and Connected to the Environment: the T House in Quebec, Canada | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Taking cues from its bucolic environment, this architecture is defined and modulated by the natural views, sunlight and the topography of the site.

T House was designed with state of the art technical specifications and a geothermal system for energy resources in a rural setting. Fenestration was applied as a function of climate and orientation to ensure the comfort of each space in winter and summer, and operable windows provide cross ventilation.

To the north, the house has few openings. To the south, the roof of the central space projects out over the patio just enough to protect the lobby from overheating in the summer while allowing winter rays to penetrate and bring solar gain. Concrete and natural stone flooring, cool in the summer; since they are exposed to direct sunlight and equipped with a hydronic heating system, they provide ideal comfort during the cold seasons as well...

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Dos volúmenes conectados por un espacio charnela de transiciión. En un paisaje canadiense y con materiales que complementan el entorno. 

The first volume, 2 –storey and roughly cubic in shape is clad with wood siding. The second, a single-storey 24m long rectangle, embedded in the ground at one end and cantilevered over the hill at the other end is wrapped in composite cement panels. The center of the composition is an empty space of transition between these two volumes: transparently opening onto a spectacular panorama of Appalachian mountain ridges with Mount Sutton peaking on the horizon.

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Nelson Cultural Center: LEED Gold at the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Nelson Cultural Center: LEED Gold at the American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The American Swedish Institute received a new addition with the LEED Gold-designed Nelson Cultural Center by HGA in Minneapolis.


The 34,000 sq ft addition provides space for education and cultural facilities for contemporary exhibitions, administrative offices, collections care, and expanded programs. Designed by locally-headquartered firm HGA, the new extension incorporates contemporary design, traditional Swedish aesthetics and a number of sustainable strategies. The Nelson Cultural Center is anticipating LEED Gold certification due to its sustainable building strategies, which include geothermal heating and cooling, a green roof and much more.


Sustainability was an important aspect of the design, and the institute anticipates LEED Gold certification for its efforts – which would make it the first museum in Minnesota with such accolades.

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Ecologia Montréal: a contemporary LEED Platinum home by Gervais Fortin

Ecologia Montréal: a contemporary LEED Platinum home by Gervais Fortin | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Ecologia Montréal, designed by Gervais Fortin, is the first single dweling home in Montreal, Canada aiming for a Platinum LEED certification.

The owner, in collaboration of the Ecologia Foundation, had the objective to reduce the home's ecological footprint by using healthy, local and non-toxic materials. The team demonstrated that it’s possible to build an ecological house without sacrificing good, contemporary design. All the materials were hand-picked from the most ecoresponsible suppliers of Quebec and featured a combination of exposed beams, large windows and an inner courtyard, creating a cozy and modern living space.

In addition to utilizing a geothermal system, he structure of the house is built with insulating concrete forms, mostly constituted of 100% recycled materials. As for the concrete used for the structure and as thermal mass, concrete contains 39% recycled materials. Ideal in an urban setting, a green roof completes it all.

Ecologia Montréal is the first house in Quebec to integrate the BioGeometry™ science, to control electromagnetic fields, to consider the energy of the earth and to infuse domestic water. The combination of all these factors harmonize the emotional, vital and spiritual levels of the home and its occupants...

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Innovation + Sustainability at Marthashof Urban Village, Berlin

Innovation + Sustainability at Marthashof Urban Village, Berlin | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

In Marthashof ecological living is defined by geothermal energy, a wood-pellet heating system and rainwater recovery. Geothermal energy can be used to both heat and cool, and the heating systems in Marthashof’s residential and commercial units are also designed to create extra warmth during the colder months. Green spaces represent around 30 percent of the total surface area in Marthashof Urban Village and are maintained using rainwater that has been stored in underground cisterns.

The sustainability concept doesn’t end there: Highly efficient building insulation, integrated heat exchangers to control the ventilation of living spaces, minimized thermal bridges and a generous green roof terrace make the Marthashof Urban Village, built by Stofanel Investment AG, a trail-blazing project.

In December 2011, the Stofanel Project Marthashof Urban Village in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg won the eco-immobilienawardberlin 2011. This new immobilienawardberlin award is dedicated to sustainable building and was bestowed for the first time in 2011. Previously it had been awarded biannually in the areas of residential and office construction, retail and specialist real estate...

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Massachusetts’ First Zero-Net-Energy Transportation Hub...

Massachusetts’ First Zero-Net-Energy Transportation Hub... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Last month, Charles Rose Architects completed a highly innovative zero-net-energy building- a 24,000 square-foot transit center and government office, built with federal stimulus funds, the first of its type in Massachusetts and the region.

Also designated as a future train depot on the Connecticut River corridor, the John W. Olver Transit Center in Greenfield is designed to generate through renewable sources all the energy that it uses—meaning its net-energy consumption over the course of a year will be zero.

The transit center, which had a construction budget of $12.8 million at the time Gov. Patrick broke ground for the project in April 2009, came in at $10.4 million. The building will produce the energy it uses in a sustainable way: through solar and geothermal sources, and a boiler on site fueled by wood pellets, a lumber-industry byproduct...

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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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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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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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Truro Residence: Contemporary Green Architecture by ZeroEnergy Design

Truro Residence: Contemporary Green Architecture by ZeroEnergy Design | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by ZeroEnergy Design, this modern green home featuring a spectacular water and sunset view is located in Truro, Massachusetts.


The west-facing orientation for glazing isn’t ideal for energy performance, so the rest of the building envelope was designed to offset the expansive view windows. Double stud framing allows a continuous layer of foam insulation and a geothermal system, coupled with a radiant heating system, will supply all of the heating and cooling for the year. In addition to energy efficient appliances and water heaters, all of the spaces are well illuminated using energy efficient fixtures.

The roof sports a large solar electric array to offset energy usage through the use of net metering. A battery back-up and energy management system will store electricity from the solar array; the combination the energy efficient building envelope and systems will allow the home to produce nearly as much energy as it uses over the course of a year...


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Bay House by Roger Ferris + Partners

Bay House by Roger Ferris + Partners | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This residence located on the Long Island coastline is designed to capture and frame spectacular water views. The design also maximizes transparency between interior spaces and the link between interior and exterior.


The design embraces sustainability with geothermal design, daylighting, solar shading strategies and xeriscape landscaping...

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Altius Architecture Inc. | Clearview Residence

Altius Architecture Inc. | Clearview Residence | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Designed for a local artist to enjoy, this residence is located just south of Collingwood, in the heart of the Clearview area.

A broad selection of sustainable technologies, including a geothermal lake loop and green house set this project apart from others in the area. The building itself draws inspiration from a number of intimate relationships and views, both through the adjacent woodland, as well as across the nearby pond.

The buildings program is extensive and with the clients desire to maintain the majority of this over one level the design team were particularly aware of the need to integrate the building into its surroundings in a subtle way. Consequently this quickly became a main focus, and thus gave the scheme real direction,  with each space located appropriately within the overall layout so to take advantage of the site and its beauty as well as to make sure that the building was as user friendly and functional as possible...

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A Florida House Set for Two Comfort Zones

A Florida House Set for Two Comfort Zones | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
In a minimalist house that still manages to be warm and welcoming, a couple eases the eternal argument over the thermostat.

 

In 2005, Max Strang's father was hoping to build the kind of eco-friendly house he had always dreamed of, he said. But he also “wanted his wife to have a comfortable place.”

To her, that meant a modern single-story home that was big enough for plenty of family and friends. In other words, it had to have at least four bedrooms and a 1,000-square-foot kitchen.

With Max as their architect, the couple split the responsibilities for the project according to what they cared about most. “Sheryll was in charge of the aesthetic,” the older Mr. Strang said. “And I was in charge of the systems.”

Together, the three created a 4,200-square-foot home in Winter Haven that is as sleek as it is green. (But not cheap: completed earlier this year, it cost $1.6 million.)

 

The roof, for example, is green in three ways: it is insulated with Icynene, a spray foam more efficient than fiberglass batting; it is covered with thermoplastic polyolefin, a membrane that reduces heat absorption; and it contains two solar systems, one that feeds directly into the electric grid to offset the energy consumed by the home and another that heats the water in the pool.

Inside, green amenities include a geothermal system that makes air-conditioning more efficient; floors that are eco-friendly concrete; and an on-demand system heats water only when needed.

The house is minimalist, but warm and welcoming...

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+HOUSE by Superkül: good design + sustainability

+HOUSE by Superkül: good design + sustainability | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

+HOUSE exemplifies a sustainable and healthy approach to building without sacrificingdesign.

Sited facing the bank of a stream-fed pond, this four-season house is nestled into a natural slope. Extensive 14-ft high glazing offers expansive views of the landscape and access to a full-length deck. Bedrooms are located on opposite ends of the rectangular plan, book-ending the open living spaces.

+ HOUSE is embedded with a wealth of health sensitive materials and methods. Built of inert cementitious blocks that inhibit the growth of fungi and molds, the walls are finished with a natural clay plaster that requires no paint finish. A soy-based sealer was used for the concrete floors and counters, and untreated silk and hemp fabric was used for the curtains.

Achieving a healthy house for both client and environment meant extensive research into a wide range of products and locally produced materials suited to the climate. A green roof, heat-mirror triple glazing, solar shading, passive ventilation and daylighting, and a geothermal system are just some of the features of this LEED Gold-targeted project...

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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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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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Sustainable Getaway in East Hampton: Northwest Peach Farm

Sustainable Getaway in East Hampton: Northwest Peach Farm | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Northwest Peach Farm is another impressive contemporary residence designed by Bates Masi Architects, this time located in East Hampton, New York, USA.

“The clients wanted this to be a gathering place for their family, full of memories for generations to come. Thus the materials were chosen not only for durability but also for their gradual changes over many years. The copper siding and roofing will slowly turn green as the weathering limestone becomes darker. However, the window system will stand the test of time unchanged. A geothermal heating and cooling system, green roofs, organic finishes, and triple glazed windows will minimize the structure’s environmental impact over the generations”.

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