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The new VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre by Perkins+Will

The new VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre by Perkins+Will | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This is the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre. It’s a new addition to the city of Vancouver, Canada.

The green building was designed by Perkins+Will and it bends beautifully in the surrounding landscape. The combination between modern architecture and nature is in constant balance and the design and the materials contribute to this effect. Not only that the visitor center is surrounded by nature but it’s also a green building designed with green building strategies to help it achieve net-zero energy...

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VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre by Perkins+Will

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre by Perkins+Will | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre creates a harmonious balance between architecture and landscape—from a visual and ecological perspective. Inspired by the organic forms and natural systems of a native orchid, the1,765-square-metre building is organized into undulating green roof ‘petals’ that float above rammed earth and concrete walls. Designed to exceed LEED Platinum status, the Visitor Centre is pursuing the Living Building Challenge—the most stringent measurement of sustainability in the built environment. The facility uses on-site, renewable sources to achieve net-zero energy on an annual basis; sequesters enough carbon to achieve carbon neutrality; uses filtered rainwater for the building’s greywater requirements; and treats 100% of blackwater in an on-site bioreactor...

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The Phipps Conservatory & Center for Sustainable Landscapes

The Phipps Conservatory & Center for Sustainable Landscapes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A Pittsburgh plant conservatory aims to be a pioneer in green building -- both inside and out.

The conservatory built a LEED silver-certified visitors center and a new tropical forest conservatory tricked out with "earth tubes" and "energy blankets" that help maintain equatorial temperatures through the depths of Steel City winters. Phipps, remembered fondly for its jungle-like interior by generations of school kids, also hosts all manner of conservation-oriented classes and conferences.

Phipps' latest project - the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, an educational center that should be finished in spring of 2012 - goes even further...

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The Greenest Building In New York May Well Be A Public Toilet

The Greenest Building In New York May Well Be A Public Toilet | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A new comfort station in the Riverside Park will be the first building in New York certified by the Living Building Challenge.

Frederick Law Olmstead designed New York's Riverside Park in 1875. The infamous Robert Moses ran a highway through it in 1935, but didn't kill it; "Today, the mature trees and sweeping lawns of the park tend to disguise the transport-oriented nature of the park’s construction." Occupying part of the park is the Riverside Tennis Club, which is in need of new washrooms to replace their current porta-potties. They hired Rick Cook of Cook + Fox to design them, and are building the bogs to the Living Building Challenge standard, perhaps the toughest green standard there is...

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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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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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