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Green Roofs are Changing Architecture and Planning

Green Roofs are Changing Architecture and Planning | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Green roofs are not new; they have been used for thousands of years because they helped insulate, thrived in the sun instead of rotting, and other than the increased structure, they were cheap as, well, the dirt that they were planted in. Then flat roofs came in and were covered in tar and asphalt, which needed a lot of maintenance. Engineers and architects didn't worry much about them; nobody could see them. Roofs became parking lots for equipment.

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Stealthy Stepping-Stone Home Hovers over Rocky Terrain

Stealthy Stepping-Stone Home Hovers over Rocky Terrain | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Brought to you by Olson Kundig Architects, fans of their work will recognize the metal, glass and concrete detailing – combined with an unusual attention to natural Seattle-area surroundings.

This rectilinear home works with its environment not through an organic shape but through a series of beautiful and tactical responses to the natural rock formations and greenery of the San Juan Islands...

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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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Savvy Sisters - A Sustainable Convent in Harlem

Savvy Sisters - A Sustainable Convent in Harlem | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Though a new convent built from the ground up, St. Hilda's House does not stick out from the predominantly brownstone residences of West Harlem. In fact both the project and the nuns who live there make a conscious effort to have a low impact on the neighborhood. The convent’s facade presents a quilt-like series of volumes, delineated by gray-red brick and metal panelling and oversized windows to lend the wall a monastic rhythm. Inside the mixed-use of residential units and religious spaces, light and energy efficiency are maximized while the eight to ten Sisters of the Community of The Holy Spirit who live there use organic produce, have signed up for Zipcar membership, and tend their rooftop gardens for herbs.

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Okanagan College Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation

Okanagan College Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation was conceived to meet the urgent need for tradespeople, site managers and construction workers who are skilled in the practices of sustainable building. It is also designed to be one of most innovative and advanced sustainable facilities in the world, designed to the standards of the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous sustainability program on the planet.

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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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Elamang Avenue House by Luigi Rosselli

Elamang Avenue House by Luigi Rosselli | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

What makes a house comfortable?

It’s the ability of a building to provide a climatically comfortable environment, a place where you seek refuge from the heat of the day or in the cold nights, without having to barricade yourself behind hermetically shut windows.

The rammed earth walls and well located operable skylights, the sun drenched courtyard and the breezy verandah, the green roof and external shutters have all contributed to a most liveable waterfront residence and to win the AIA sustainable design award for 2011.

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Sunset Cabin | Taylor Smyth Architects

Sunset Cabin | Taylor Smyth Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Nestled into a slope on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe, this one room sleeping cabin is a simple but sophisticated Canadian bunkie, evoking the “primitive hut” of branches constructed in the wilderness.

The fully insulated glass cabin is encased on three sides by cedar slats. A green roof is planted with sedums and herbs to camouflage views of the cabin from the main cottage. The minimal furnishing includes a bed with built-in drawers, a wall of storage cabinets and a wood-burning stove. All interior surfaces, including floor and ceiling, are fabricated of birch veneer plywood. The changes of both season and time of day continuously transform the cabin’s presence and dynamics with the landscape. With trees in full leaf, it recedes into the vegetation, integrating architecture with landscape.

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Energy Lab | Solar Structure

Energy Lab | Solar Structure | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The Energy Lab | Solar Structure at the historic Congdon House in San Juan Capistrano: energy and education...
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Elegant and Energy Efficient: The Malbaie V Residence in Quebec

Elegant and Energy Efficient: The Malbaie V Residence in Quebec | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Located in the picturesque region of Cap-à-l’Aigle in the heart of Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, the The Malbaie V residence was Montreal-based studio Mu Architecture and displays an inspiring design. The exterior is defined by simple geometrical volumes wrapped in wood and a green roof that insulates the building.

From the architects: “On the ground floor, the sequence from the entrance to the main room allows for discovery through large continuous open plan absent of any apparent structure. An abundance of openings from east to west, the result of a perfect combination of solar motion, orientation and views sought, provides permanent natural light as well as optimal energy efficiency. The lower level accommodates four bedrooms and two full bathrooms arranged in a linear way following a clear axis perpendicular to the main volume above allowing for each room to get a view. The simplicity of the materials used, types of natural wood for the floor and ceiling accentuates the dramatic perspective of the main corridor”.

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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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Carbon Thrifty - The New York Times

Carbon Thrifty - The New York Times | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Frances Whitehead and James Elniski's house in Chicago was built using a number of green technologies.

"We're trying to come up with a picture of the future, and we think this is what it will look like," said Ms. Whitehead. "Not stylistically, but in terms of the complex systems that we will all undoubtedly use for the collection of water and the micro-generation of energy."

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Green Roof Design: 10 Stunning, Sustainable Works of Architecture

Green Roof Design: 10 Stunning, Sustainable Works of Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

While the practice of building green roofs is centuries old, it has experienced a renaissance as the structural philosophy of the future. A living green roof reduces the costs of heating and cooling, encourages the local wildlife and naturally filters the rain water it receives. Here, we celebrate the work of some of today’s most talented, most progressive architects, who have adopted green roof design techniques to yield beautiful, sustainable works of architecture.

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Campus International School For Downtown Cleveland Features A Honeycomb Green Roof

Campus International School For Downtown Cleveland Features A Honeycomb Green Roof | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Modern yet eco-architecture is now becoming a trend to many architects today like those behind Organic Scapes and Architecture who are responsible for the design of the Campus International School for Downtown Cleveland. The school campus will feature a honeycomb green roof that will create a refreshing ambiance of the campus. Inside the campus are internal corridors covered with pedestrian streets for an easy access to each building clusters.

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Giant Campus Project | Morphosis Architects

Giant Campus Project | Morphosis Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Situated amid existing canals and a new man made lake, the undulating office building interacts with an augmented ground plane, joining architecture to landscape, and environment to site.

The Giant Campus project is a compact village that accommodates diverse functions in a flexible framework of forms that move in and out of a folded landscape plane.

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Minimum House / Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten

Minimum House / Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The minimumhouse at Mellensee, situated to the south of Berlin, is a prototype for a serial holiday and residentialhouse. Under the label minimumhouse it is offered including all furniture and fittings. The concept was developed by the ideal of a house with maximum outdoor impressions and also by making full use of the solar yields for the building.

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10 solar powered green architecture designs

10 solar powered green architecture designs | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The world is going 'green' - whether it is lifestyle, automobiles, furniture and even architecture - the mantra is to adopt eco-friendly measures and protect the Earth.
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Design Bureau » Designing to Build

Design Bureau » Designing to Build | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The East Harlem School mission is righteous, but dead serious: to provide an affordable, rigorous academic program for low-income families, and to embrace creativity and ambition with a no-nonsense attitude.
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