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Frank Gehry's 'paper bag' masterpiece

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Frank Gehry’s ‘paper bag’ building in Australia is made out of brick, designed to celebrate handmade objects. Normal bricks have an indent or ‘frog’ in them, but for this project architects had to create a continuous groove that would allow a stainless steel bar to be in inserted for additional support.

 

A new strong but workable mortar also needed to be developed so the bricklayers could safely hand lay every one of the building’s approximately 380,000 bricks. A normal bricklayer can lay up to 600 bricks a day, but for this job that number was cut by more than half because of the unique bend in the building design.

Taylor Ham's insight:

‘The curvature of these bricks, it's as though you draped a fabric over the top of the frame and all the curvature that you would get out of, say, a flowing dress or something like that, it's that type of form.’

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LEED Certification, becoming more Customary

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According to EcoServices, LEED certified buildings are quickly becoming more common in Houston’s new office buildings. They are more efficient, more marketable and less expensive to operate. Employees in green buildings tend to be more productive, are absent less, and have greater job satisfaction.

 

While LEED-certified buildings have a higher gross rent-per-square-foot, and cost about 1 percent more to construct they have lower vacancies and take into account air quality, and the use of water and energy.  “Many customers won’t even consider a building unless it is LEED certified”, says Joseph Pitchford, managing director at Dallas-based Crescent Real Estate Holdings LLC.

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“It’s very important to international investors, particularly those from Europe, where building sustainably is pretty much standard."

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Bullitt Center: Net-Zero Energy Building

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Seattle’s Bullitt Center is a picture-perfect model of eco-friendly design and green living thanks to its net-zero energy footprint. Engineers and architects have considered every aspect of sustainability within this project, from its solar paneled roof, ground-sourced heating and cooling systems, to its 56,000 gallon rainwater collection system. The Bullitt Center’s solar panels generate as much electricity as the building uses, minimizing waste.  

 

Built to last for an estimated 250-year lifespan, the Bullitt Center tapped local resources and acquired all of its materials for construction within a 600 mile radius of the building itself. The open design of large glass windows, which can be programmed to open and close to circulate fresh air, inspires inhabitants to enjoy the natural daylight. Regenerative braking helps make the elevators 60% more efficient, and external louver-controlled windows dictate how much sunlight enters the building.


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“Efficient use of energy and water is the key to a healthy and productive future. Seattle’s Bullitt Center will provide valuable lessons on the design and maintenance of buildings that make the most of limited resources. In fact, the building includes a teaching facility and research laboratory, assuring that the next generation of architects and civil engineers will benefit from this experiment in green building techniques.”

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Taylor Ham's curator insight, June 16, 2014 1:23 PM

“Efficient use of energy and water is the key to a healthy and productive future. Seattle’s Bullitt Center will provide valuable lessons on the design and maintenance of buildings that make the most of limited resources. In fact, the building includes a teaching facility and research laboratory, assuring that the next generation of architects and civil engineers will benefit from this experiment in green building techniques.”

Taylor Ham's curator insight, July 1, 2014 11:47 AM

“Efficient use of energy and water is the key to a healthy and productive future. Seattle’s Bullitt Center will provide valuable lessons on the design and maintenance of buildings that make the most of limited resources. In fact, the building includes a teaching facility and research laboratory, assuring that the next generation of architects and civil engineers will benefit from this experiment in green building techniques.”

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Smart windows create energy savings options

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According to Eco-Business, smart glass windows are about 70 percent more energy efficient during the summer season and 45 percent more efficient in the winter, reducing energy spending by approximately 25 percent.

Buildings account for almost 40 percent of all energy consumption in the United States, says the US Department of Energy. That means buildings are spending more than 400 billion dollars a year on units of energy. Switching to smart windows could make a huge impact on the energy bills of today’s biggest buildings. If efficiency could improve by 20 percent by 2020, there could be savings of more than $40 billion.

Taylor Ham's insight:

“Windows are a key component to any building’s design, so it’s only fitting that they are also an essential part of new strategies to improve energy efficiency.”

 

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Bullitt Center: Net-Zero Energy Building

Bullitt Center: Net-Zero Energy Building | Sage | Scoop.it

Seattle’s Bullitt Center is a picture-perfect model of eco-friendly design and green living thanks to its net-zero energy footprint. Engineers and architects have considered every aspect of sustainability within this project, from its solar paneled roof, ground-sourced heating and cooling systems, to its 56,000 gallon rainwater collection system. The Bullitt Center’s solar panels generate as much electricity as the building uses, minimizing waste.  


Built to last for an estimated 250-year lifespan, the Bullitt Center tapped local resources and acquired all of its materials for construction within a 600 mile radius of the building itself. The open design of large glass windows, which can be programmed to open and close to circulate fresh air, inspires inhabitants to enjoy the natural daylight. Regenerative braking helps make the elevators 60% more efficient, and external louver-controlled windows dictate how much sunlight enters the building.

Taylor Ham's insight:

“Efficient use of energy and water is the key to a healthy and productive future. Seattle’s Bullitt Center will provide valuable lessons on the design and maintenance of buildings that make the most of limited resources. In fact, the building includes a teaching facility and research laboratory, assuring that the next generation of architects and civil engineers will benefit from this experiment in green building techniques.”

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Taylor Ham's curator insight, July 1, 2014 11:47 AM

“Efficient use of energy and water is the key to a healthy and productive future. Seattle’s Bullitt Center will provide valuable lessons on the design and maintenance of buildings that make the most of limited resources. In fact, the building includes a teaching facility and research laboratory, assuring that the next generation of architects and civil engineers will benefit from this experiment in green building techniques.”

Taylor Ham's curator insight, July 29, 2014 3:24 PM

 

“Efficient use of energy and water is the key to a healthy and productive future. Seattle’s Bullitt Center will provide valuable lessons on the design and maintenance of buildings that make the most of limited resources. In fact, the building includes a teaching facility and research laboratory, assuring that the next generation of architects and civil engineers will benefit from this experiment in green building techniques.”

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Windows, the key to a good night’s sleep?

Windows, the key to a good night’s sleep? | Sage | Scoop.it

 

Office workers who are exposed to natural light sleep better and are more active compared to workers in windowless offices. They receive 173 percent more white light exposure during work hours and sleep an average of 46 minutes more each night. Exposure to light is beneficial to your health, it effects mood, alertness, and your metabolism.

 

A simple design solution in office buildings would be to make sure that desks and workstations are within 20 to 25 feet of the walls containing windows. Architects need to be aware of the importance of natural light and how it plays a significant role in proper synchronization of your biological health.  

Taylor Ham's insight:

“Light is the most important synchronizing agent for the brain and body.”

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Tallest Building in the Western Hemisphere

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One World Trade Center which stands at a symbolic 1,776 feet tall incorporates new architecture and environmental standards, setting new level of social responsibility in urban design. The 104-story building is designed to be the safest commercial structure in the world.

 

Through countless collaborations with technology and energy leaders around the world, one WTC’s design team made sure the latest methods to maximize efficiency, minimize waste and pollution, conserve water, and improve air quality were incorporated in the construction of the building.

Taylor Ham's insight:

“The ultra-modern design of One World Trade Center is an innovative mix of architecture, safety and sustainability.”

 

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Residential Energy Storage Will Reach $71.6 Billion in Revenue by 2023

 

Solar photovoltaic panels, which allow customers to generate their own electricity and sell unneeded power back to their utility will generate $71.6 billion by 2023. These rooftop solar panels are just one of the new technologies that are transforming the traditional residential power industry.

 

According to the report, these advances are going to combine rooftop solar panel systems and residential energy storage in order to collect and store energy for use when sunlight is unavailable or there is a power outage.

Taylor Ham's insight:

“Some of these technologies, such as residential combined heat and power, are in the early stages of market development, while solar panels are more mature.”

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Bullitt Center: Net-Zero Energy Building

Bullitt Center: Net-Zero Energy Building | Sage | Scoop.it

 

 

 

Seattle’s Bullitt Center is a picture-perfect model of eco-friendly design and green living thanks to its net-zero energy footprint. Engineers and architects have considered every aspect of sustainability within this project, from its solar paneled roof, ground-sourced heating and cooling systems, to its 56,000 gallon rainwater collection system. The Bullitt Center’s solar panels generate as much electricity as the building uses, minimizing waste.  

 

Built to last for an estimated 250-year lifespan, the Bullitt Center tapped local resources and acquired all of its materials for construction within a 600 mile radius of the building itself. The open design of large glass windows, which can be programmed to open and close to circulate fresh air, inspires inhabitants to enjoy the natural daylight. Regenerative braking helps make the elevators 60% more efficient, and external louver-controlled windows dictate how much sunlight enters the building.

Taylor Ham's insight:

“Efficient use of energy and water is the key to a healthy and productive future. Seattle’s Bullitt Center will provide valuable lessons on the design and maintenance of buildings that make the most of limited resources. In fact, the building includes a teaching facility and research laboratory, assuring that the next generation of architects and civil engineers will benefit from this experiment in green building techniques.”

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Taylor Ham's curator insight, June 16, 2014 1:23 PM

“Efficient use of energy and water is the key to a healthy and productive future. Seattle’s Bullitt Center will provide valuable lessons on the design and maintenance of buildings that make the most of limited resources. In fact, the building includes a teaching facility and research laboratory, assuring that the next generation of architects and civil engineers will benefit from this experiment in green building techniques.”

Taylor Ham's curator insight, July 29, 2014 3:24 PM

 

“Efficient use of energy and water is the key to a healthy and productive future. Seattle’s Bullitt Center will provide valuable lessons on the design and maintenance of buildings that make the most of limited resources. In fact, the building includes a teaching facility and research laboratory, assuring that the next generation of architects and civil engineers will benefit from this experiment in green building techniques.”