All About Container Clinics

Shipping containers can offer a multitude of uses. One of these uses is a shipping container clinic – a type of architecture that makes use of the containers as medical clinics that can be set up and shipped off to remote regions of the world. Shipping containers are strong, durable, relatively low cost and widely available, making them ideal for such use. Shipping containers can offer a multitude of uses. One of these uses is a shipping container clinic –…

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Beautiful Concepts to Consider in Architecture

One of the greatest things in the architectural and design fields that has come from modern technology is the ability to share conceptual solutions with audiences before they become built spaces. These ideas may never actually be built but they allow people to experience a variety of options and to explore uncharted waters of design. Here are three projects that push the boundaries of fantasy and reality and open the eyes of viewers to dream. The first building was designed…

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Parking Design: Introducing Copenhagen’s “Park ‘N’ Play” Garage from JAJA

Introducing a new era in parking garage designs, the “Park ‘N’ Play” in Denmark. About this parking design, JAJA Architects writes: “With the intention of creating a beautiful public space from what is usually one-function building, JAJA architects are redefining what a parking deck can be. Their recent competition entry for a parking garage in the city of Nordhavn, Copenhagen is an inviting structure that incorporates green facades and a rooftop playground, making full use of its placement in an up-and-coming urban neighborhood. Read all about the aptly named…

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Energy Recovery Ventilator Systems Research

An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is a type of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment that uses the energy associated with the thermally conditioned air being exhausted from a building to precondition the incoming air. ERVs, which offer many advantages for both improved indoor air quality (IAQ) and reduced energy consumption, are one of the fastest-growing segments of improved IAQ management in buildings. Click to tweet: According to a recent report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from ERVs will…

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Sustainable Offices: Reclaimed 1970s Industrial Building

I recently received word from Kristi McCain promoting a reclaimed 1970s industrial building, located in Sunnyvale, California. The photographs are well worth looking at, plus a case study on the project. This proves you don’t always need to raze the old and build new. The existing structure looks as if it worked quite well, aided by some fine design. Regarding this reclaimed structure, McCain wrote, “I thought this eco retrofit might interest you: Stationed on Indio Way in Sunnyvale, CA,…

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GBCI Announces Partnership with Bureau Veritas to Offer Global Certification Services

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the third-party certification body for the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system, and Bureau Veritas SA, a leading global testing, inspection and certification body, recently announced a strategic business partnership. As part of the agreement, Bureau Veritas will facilitate LEED certification on behalf of GBCI for LEED green building projects. “This collaboration with Bureau Veritas helps us take LEED to the next level,” said Rick Fedrizzi, GBCI board member…

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London 2050 Infrastructure Plan Released

For those wanting to understand the issues of large metropolitan infrastructure, take a look at this 2050 infrastructure plan for the City of London. Prepared by the City of London.   “The Mayor launches London’s first long-term infrastructure plan. This is a consultation about London’s growth and how we can make the city better for everyone. “Infrastructure is fundamental to every Londoner, every day, from turning on the taps in the morning, to travelling to work, to switching off the lights…

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Cambridge, Mass., Passes Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

This news today on a new energy benchmarking ordinance in Cambridge comes from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT). Large commercial, institutional, multifamily, and municipal buildings must track and report their energy and water use. The City Council of Cambridge, Mass., voted unanimously on Monday to approve the Building Energy Usage and Disclosure Ordinance (BEUDO), requiring the benchmarking and disclosure of building energy performance for large commercial, institutional, and multifamily buildings. In passing the ordinance, Cambridge joins its neighbor, Boston,…

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Penda’s Unique Creations

In design, when concepts become creations that the world hasn’t seen before, then the job is well done. A young and upcoming firm is Penda and their goal is to create nothing that isn’t unique and thought out. Penda was started in 2012 by Chris Precht and Dayong Sun. Every project that they undertake becomes a work of art that is “custom-made” for that individual project. They specialize in architecture, interiors, industrial and installation. They have created residential spaces, commercial…

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TED Theater in Vancouver

“TED celebrated its 30th anniversary by moving the annual TED Conference from Long Beach to Vancouver. For the relocation, Rockwell Group design a temporary theater installed within the Vancouver Convention Centre. Crafted from locally harvested timber, the portable, 1,200-seat theater was designed to enhance the speaker and audience experience, and will be re-installed in the years ahead.”   Project Type: Architecture · Theatre & Film Location: Vancouver, BC Size: 25,000 SF Client Name: TED Conference Completed: March 2014 Source: Rockwell Group

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Lab allows designers to test energy efficiency of buildings

Lab Allows Designers to Test Energy Efficiency Before Construction

Thanks to GreenWire for this story about a California lab that allows designers to test the energy efficiency of the interior of a building before the building is constructed: Federal scientists have designed a rotating, customizable lab that allows commercial real estate developers to create mock-ups of planned buildings to test out their energy use. The Energy Department-funded Flexlab, unveiled earlier this week at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is aimed at bridging the gulf between expected savings from buildings’…

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Organic skyscraper grows as needed, adding additional floors

Organic Skyscraper Made From Trash Grows As Needed

‘Organic’ skyscraper made from paper and plastics is modelled on bamboo; it ‘grows’ as new floors are needed and it is set to be the latest addition to the London skyline A new green skyscraper that ‘grows’ when new floors are needed and would be constructed out of its own rubbish could be built in London. Taking its inspiration from bamboo scaffolding used in Asia, the structure of the building – being called the Organic Skyscraper – can be extended…

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Global reports on green building now available

USGBC Launches Real-Time International Green Building Market Briefs

Briefs expand USGBC offerings aimed at green building market transparency on a global scale The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the launch of an expanded online data visualization resource that will allow any user to access aggregated LEED green building project information in the more than 150 countries with LEED projects underway. Following on the successful U.S. state market briefs launched by USGBC in April, the international market briefs detail LEED projects by owner sector, rating system and space type for…

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San Diego Airport Receives LEED Platinum Certification

NORESCO’s Sustainability Services group guided a Green Build terminal expansion at SDIA (San Diego International Airport), earning it a LEED (Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design) Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC®), which is the highest LEED certification there is. That means that relatively speaking, this is a stupendously energy-efficient structure! NORESCO managed Terminal 2 West during its design and construction phases. This project, which is the airport’s largest upgrade yet, comprises 10 new gates, a 460,000 square-foot…

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Houses Passes Two Energy Efficiency Bills

The US House of Representatives passed two energy efficiency bills, one of which is to better assist schools with energy-efficient enhancements, and the other instructs the Department of Energy to research the effect of insulation on energy and water usage on federal buildings.   The School Energy Efficiency Bill – H.R. 4092 This bill creates an office within the Department of Energy to “coordinate federal, state and local programs” which will help schools reduce their energy usage, according to The…

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Ford Reduces Water Usage Enough For 1 Billion Showers

As water scarcity is reported around the world, some large organizations have tried to reduce their environmental footprint by conserving water. In some regions wasting water means someone else will have to do without. To address this growing problem and save some money to boot, Ford Motor Company has initiated a water conservation effort at its facilities globally. This has resulted in a water usage reduction of 61 percent (10 billion gallons), which is equivalent to 1 billion 5-minute showers. Overall, the…

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New Open-Source Software Will Accelerate Energy Efficiency in Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched June 11 a free, open-source, standard software application for the management of building performance data, the first such software of its kind. The Standard Energy Efficiency Data platform (SEED) can be used by city governments, researchers, utilities, and others to manage, validate, and share large amounts of data on the energy performance of buildings. IMT is a SEED Team Member, along with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and software developer Building Energy, Inc.…

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