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Stability in Every Detail

Stability in Every Detail

(Issue of a magazine 3/2018, page 92)

Every year, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) honors the best projects implemented in the UK, both at the regional and national levels. Amongst them also were projects that were awarded for sustainability, and we will consider them in this article. These are objects of various functional purposes and scale, but they all meet the most stringent criteria in terms of energy efficiency, light and comfortable environment. Four of them were awarded the RIBA National Award, and the Community Center and the Story Field Kindergarten were also nominated for the Stirling Award for outstanding achievements in architecture.

Star Innovation Center – the Sample of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

Star Innovation Center – the Sample of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

(Issue of a magazine 3/2018, page 112)

Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture (JPDA) has completed the first Certified Passive House project in South Asia, proving that ultra-high-performance efficiency standards are achievable for buildings in any climate. The pioneering Passive House retrofit of a factory building in Sri Lanka creates a green economic catalyst for sustainable development and model for future sweatshop-free commercial buildings.

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.