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evolv1: New Benchmark for Green Building Design and Construction

evolv1: New Benchmark for Green Building Design and Construction

(Issue of a magazine 2/2018, page 112)

The uniquely modern evolv1 urban office building in Waterloo, Ontario, is the first-ever project to receive a Zero Carbon Building – Design certification under CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard. The vision for this three-storey, 110,000 sq.ft commercial multi-tenant office building is the realization of a collaboration between the Cora Group, Sustainable Waterloo Region, the David Johnston Research + Technology Park and anchor tenant EY. It is one of 16 participants in CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program.

 

Top Ten Green Buildings 2018

Top Ten Green Buildings 2018

(Issue of a magazine 1/2018, page 94)

In April AIA and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) traditionally announced this year’s recipients of the COTE Top Ten Awards, the industry’s premier program celebrating great design and great performance. COTE bestows the award annually on 10 design projects that have expertly integrated design excellence with cutting-edge performance. In order to be eligible, project submissions are required to demonstrate alignment with COTE’s rigorous criteria for 10 measures that include social, economic, and ecological values. The five-member jury evaluates each project submission based on a cross-section of the 10 metrics balanced with the holistic approach to the design. This year the prize was awarded for the 22nd time. 

Max Weber Building – the Structure that Breathes

Max Weber Building – the Structure that Breathes

(Issue of a magazine 4/2017, page 112)

The Max Weber Building is a pioneer building that reviews in depth the standards of the office building, and uses environmental requirements as a motor of innovation and architectural design. Its 5 levels are 100% wooden structure, including elevator shafts and stairways, while the office space – Flexible and scalable – are free of false ceilings and raised floors false. This passive building without air conditioning is naturally ventilated through an architectural device that manifests roof by 25 ventilation stacks of 3.60 meters high. 

The SIX Veterans Housing: Favourable Shelter

The SIX Veterans Housing: Favourable Shelter

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 92)

The Six offers 52 welcoming and supportive homes to individuals who have experienced homelessness, with 18 of them set aside specifically for veterans. In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back” and highlights the loyalty and bond that soldiers have with each other. Brooks + Scarpa’s innovative design thoughtfully balances privacy with opportunities to connect with the community. The Six has onsite supportive services and 24-hour property management on the ground floor, and community rooms and a spacious courtyard on the second floor that offers peaceful respite and space for social gatherings.

Harvard HouseZero: Design Intelligence  as a Platform for Sustainability

Harvard HouseZero: Design Intelligence as a Platform for Sustainability

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 102)

The Harvard Center for Green Buildings & Cities (CGBC) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, in collaboration with Snøhetta and Skanska Technology, are retrofitting CGBC’s headquarters in a pre-1940s timber-framed building to become one of the world’s most ambitious sustainable buildings. As a first-of-its-kind research project, HouseZero demonstrates how to transform a challenging building stock into a prototype for ultra-efficiency, rapidly reducing the level of reliance on energy-intensive technology while simultaneously creating comfortable indoor environments.

Unfading Light of Kamikatsus Windows

Unfading Light of Kamikatsus Windows

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 108)

Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP win with their unique stand-out project Kamikatz Public House, located in Kamikatsu, this town is committed to zero waste and aims to become a sustainable recycling society.

Educational Ensemble Terenten:  Spatial Sequences

Educational Ensemble Terenten: Spatial Sequences

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 114)

With the design of an educational ensemble for Terenten in South Tyrol, the Viennese architectural collective feld72 set out important measures for a new concept of a thriving village structure. The idea of the educational ensemble originated from a study in 2005, which involved the local community to develop a holistic concept for the village. Based on the original building of the 1970s, where the school and the kindergarten were housed together, a concept developed over the years allows both facilities more space and interaction whilst at the same time integrating the existing village library.

TOP 10: Standards in Design and Sustainability

TOP 10: Standards in Design and Sustainability

(Issue of a magazine 1/2017, page 102)

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected this year’s recipients of the Top Ten Awards, the industry’s premier program celebrating sustainable design excellence. Now in their 21st year, the Top Ten Awards highlight projects that exemplify the integration of great design and great performance. Submissions are required to demonstrate how the project aligns with COTE’s rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. 

Jacobs Institute, as a “Beacon of Innovation”

Jacobs Institute, as a “Beacon of Innovation”

(Issue of a magazine 1/2017, page 110)

Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation is part of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2015 the campus opened a new building “Jacobs Hall”, which allowed to combine all types of training under one roof. In this building flooded with natural light is everything to work on projects ranging from sketch to digital model. In 2016 it entered the TOP 10 Green Projects (AIA TOP TEN), which annually selects the American Institute of Architects.

ZEB Pilot House: Comfort + Energy Efficiency

ZEB Pilot House: Comfort + Energy Efficiency

(Issue of a magazine 1/2017, page 118)

Snøhetta is an active partner within ZEB (The Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings). The ZEB Multi-Comfort House is a cooperation between Snøhetta, Scandinavia’s largest independent research body SINTEF, ZEB partner Brødrene Dahl, and Optimera.