1970s-Era Toledo Building Transformation Achieves LEED Platinum

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This 1970s-era neo-classical building underwent significant transformations to achieve LEED Platinum certification, but the architects, Duket Architects and Centerbrook Architects and Planners, were tasked with retaining the original facade, which was thought of as a local landmark.

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By |April 1st, 2013|LEED|1 Comment

The World’s Greenest Commercial Building Now Leasing for Spring 2013 Opening

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Seattle’s Bullitt Center, a project of the Bullitt Foundation, has been designed to take the spot as the most energy efficient commercial building on the planet and put Seattle on “the forefront of the green building movement,” according to the project’s website.

With the first floor already leased to the International Living Future Institute and the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab, the remaining five floors of this 50,000 square foot green building are now available to lease in advance of its planned opening this spring.

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By |March 5th, 2013|Green Building|5 Comments

7 Bryant Park Aims to Offer LEED Gold Office Spaces in Manhattan

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New York has just welcomed luxurious green office tower 7 Bryant Park to its streets, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg leading a groundbreaking ceremony on February 26. Designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the building will cover 470,000 square feet of LEED Gold certified office space.

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By |March 3rd, 2013|Modern architecture|1 Comment

Equinox Passive House in Bulgaria Perfectly Aligns With the Sun

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This beautiful 5,543-square-foot home on the coast of Kavarna, Bulgaria has been designed to perfectly match the angle of the summer equinox sun.

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Created by Ignatov Architects, the compact, energy-efficient design makes the home 90% more energy efficient than a similar home without upgrades, which also gives it Passive House status.

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The home is built right into the hillside, allowing it to work with its natural surroundings. A green roof provides natural insulation and frees up lawn space, minimizing energy loss and maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature.

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The wall of glass on the front wall of the home is inverted, keeping sun from entering the home in the middle of summer. In the winter, the low angle of the sun hits the patio swimming pool and reflects into the house to provide natural lighting. A roof oculus allows a single ray of light to shine into the home, acting as an annual calendar as it shines in different spots according to the season.

The home also has a wastewater treatment unit, natural ventilation and recovery system, and rooftop solar panels. Additional heat is provided from an underground heat pump or solar hot water panels installed for the pool.

By |March 2nd, 2013|Modern design|0 Comments

This Week in Energy News for March 1, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, efforts are being made to reduce pollution and derive energy from renewable sources.

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Architectural rendering of Google’s planned headquarters.

Google Reveals Plans for Massive Green Office Complex

In partnership with Seattle-based design firm NBBJ, Google has released an architectural rendering of plans for its next 1.1 million square-foot headquarters that features green roofs and ample opportunities for employees to enjoy outdoor activities.

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By |March 1st, 2013|Week in Review|0 Comments

Conservatory House Built to Replicate the Design and Functionality of a Tree

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This Conservatory House in Bulgaria by Ignatov Architects was designed to host small music events and house a large flower conservatory. It was built on the site of an old sand quarry for neighboring villages, which was later turned into an eroded waste dump.

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By |February 27th, 2013|Modern architecture|1 Comment