Global Sampling of Sustainability Initiatives

March 17, 2006 · by DesignIntelligence

Los Angeles
Lake View Terrace Library
This 10,700 sq.-ft. LEED Platinum rated branch library and multi-use facility features site storm water management, a passive cooling tower, night venting system, and integrated day lighting.
Fields Devereaux Architects and Engineers; Greenworks Studio

St. Louis, MO
HOK St. Louis Office
One Metropolitan Square
This 250-person office space features extensive day lighting, occupancy sensors, low VOC paints, and photocells. Aggressive construction waste management resulted in more than 602,000 pounds of recycled materials used. Locker rooms and showers promote commute alternatives.
LEED-CI
HOK

Worcestershire, UK
Cobtun House
RIBA Sustainability Award, Stirling Prize residential dwelling built of mud, straw, and corrugated iron, recognized for innovative use of earthen materials from job site.
Associated Architects

Desert Hot Springs, CA
The Desert House
Prefab modular home derives 100% of its power from solar panels; concrete floors provide passive solar heat-gain in cooler months. These ready-to-occupy, prefab, factory-built homes employ recycled steel frames and other eco-friendly materials.
Marmol Radziner + Associates

Hopland, CA
Fetzer Vineyards
The Fetzer family is the largest grower of organically grown grapes on the North Coast; Fetzer Vineyards has 360 acres of certified organic grapes. Recognized by the state of California as one of the top ten recycling companies in the state, Fetzer has reduced the amount of material hauled to landfills by 93 percent, since 1991. They are also the only winery purchasing 100 percent renewable energy.

Madrid, Spain
Fujy House
A family house in El Escorial, near Madrid. The structure is based on certified wood; the external closings are constructed with blocks of termic clay. The design of the house respects bioclimatic rules and integrates passive systems.
Fujy Sustainable Architects

Beijing, China
Low Energy Building Demo Project of Tsinghua University
An open lab for eco-building research, this low-energy demonstration building will demonstrate new building technology, utilize renewable energy, and provide occupants with a healthy, comfortable, natural and harmonious indoor environment. The project is a key research project funded by the Beijing Science and Technology Committee (BSTC). Many of the latest technologies were used in the construction of the LED building, including BEE technologies from countries, such as the US, Germany, Japan, Denmark, and Italy. About 50 corporations donated their products for the LED building, ten of which were used in China for the first time.

Maasbommel, Gelderland, the Netherlands
37 Floating Houses
Wood-framed constructed residential dwellings designed to float on flexible mooring posts to account for water level variations of as much as thirteen feet.
Designed by Factor Architecten; built by Dura Vermeer

Beijing, China
The Energy Efficient Demonstration Building
China, in collaboration with the US, will operate this intelligent, green building near Yuyuantan Lake in Beijing. The building is heated using humidified waste heat generated from the Capital Steel Mill and uses 30 percent of the energy required of an existing base-building. The facility was certified LEED Gold by the USGBC in 2005.

Dundee, Scotland
Michelin Tire Factory
Partnership between green energy producer Ecotricity and Michelin tires to develop a two-turbine 4MW wind park to power Michelin’s Dundee Scotland manufacturing facility and the surrounding community.
Ecotricity

Ventura, CA
Patagonia Clothing Company Corporate Headquarters
Twelve percent of the Patagonia headquarters’ energy needs will be furnished by three custom-built parking lot carports incorporating 360 185-watt Sharp solar panels. The Patagonia’s store in Reno, NV incorporates photovoltaic cells into their power scheme and their Denver store is wind powered.

Mt. Airy, NC
Mt. Airy Library
The Mt. Airy public library uses 86 percent fewer Btu’s per sq.-ft. than a typical commercial building and successfully incorporates day lighting and numerous renewable energy technologies.
Mazria Inc. Odems Dzurec

Santa Monica, CA
Colorado Court
Incorporating passive solar design strategies, this 44-unit single-resident occupancy building will be one-hundred percent energy independent. Building location, shape, and orientation all contribute to the success of the passive solar design strategies. A natural gas turbine used to convert natural gas to electricity for base energy needs will exceed 70 percent efficiency as compared to a typically 30 percent conversion efficiency.
Pugh + Scarpa Architecture

New York, NY
The Solaire
This environmentally advanced residential tower developed by Albanese Organization, is the first green residential high-rise in the nation. The LEED Gold certified building features a pesticide-free green rooftop garden, photovoltaic panels, low or no VOC building materials, and an energy-efficiency standard 35 percent more stringent than code.
Cesar Pelli and Associates Architects, et al.

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