Green Building = Buzz, but Localization = Key

Green building articles abound, but it’s important to note the subtle differences in perspective, which may change depending on the writer’s geography.  An article may give green building advice that doesn’t make sense in […]

By |March 26th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, Modern architecture, News|0 Comments

Bahrain WTC, 3 Building Integrated Wind Turbines (S2)

Recently, in the Week in Review, I blogged about these twin skyscrapers becoming the world’s first commercial development to include large-scale wind turbines in its structure.  As you can see from the pictures, Bahrain WTC towers have three, 32-yard diameter propellers that supply about 11-15 % of the buildings’ energy needs, or about 1100 to 1300 megawatts per year.  The shape of the towers create an airflow tunnel through the buildings for improved energy generation output and each turbine will be suspended on a bridge connecting the buildings.  According to BWTC designer Shaun Killa, solar panels available at the time of construction lost their efficiency due to the high Bahrain temperatures, so wind technology was the better choice for renewable supply.  The turbines will be tested throughout the year and the building will open for business later in 2007. 

The dueling towers are 50 stories each, with 34 floors of office space.  When complete, the entire complex will include a shopping mall, including about 150-200 luxury brand retail sites, and a 5-star Sheraton hotel.  In addition to having SMART features that include high-tech security and IT infrastructure, the building will use an environmentally friendly water cooling system.  Via GE Eco-Business. 

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By |March 25th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, Skyscraper, Wind|Tags: |0 Comments

Zero-Energy Issaquah Town Homes, GreenSource + ENR Get Neals, + Bahrain Wind Turbine Towers (WIR)

Ten "Zero-Energy" Town Home Community Planned in Issaquah, Washington McGraw-Hill Construction’s GreenSource Magazine and ENR.com Win Neal Awards Bahrain Twin Skyscraper Complex Becomes World’s First Commercial Development to […]

By |March 23rd, 2007|Categories: News, Week in Review, Wind|Tags: , |0 Comments

Quotable: RK Stewart, FAIA

"Climate change, carbon emissions, greenhouse gases, green design–call it what you will.  The need to change how we inhabit the planet to avoid catastrophic consequences is now widely accepted…in the year ahead I plan […]

By |March 23rd, 2007|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

LEED Platinum Sweetwater, A Model of Economics + Design

 

Back in December, the USGBC awarded Sweetwater Creek State Visitors Center the coveted Platinum level LEED-NC, making it just the 20th building in the world to receive the USGBC’s highest certification.  […]

By |March 21st, 2007|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture, Modern design, Solar|Tags: |0 Comments

Motto Magazine: 6 Gurus of Eco-Chic

I’m picky about what I read.  Are you?  Henry David Thoreau once said, "Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all."  I sincerely believe that.  […]

By |March 20th, 2007|Categories: News|0 Comments
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