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Manchester’s One Angel Square is the UK’s Most BREEAM “Outstanding” Building

January 1st, 2013

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One Angel Square is the largest commercial building in Manchester, England – and it is now the highest scoring BREEAM Outstanding building in the United Kingdom. Designed by 3DReid, One Angel Square will be the new 500,000 square-foot home for the UK’s largest mutual retailer, The Co-Operative Group.  This new £100 million low-energy, highly sustainable headquarters will house the 3,500 employees of The Co-Operative Group. As it has just been completed, the project represents a tremendous opportunity for the citizens of Manchester see what sustainable building can achieve.

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BREEAM is one of the world’s leading environmental assessment systems for buildings – it’s had more than a million registered assessments over the past 22 years. One Angel Square is designed to deliver a 50% reduction in energy consumption, an 80% reduction in carbon emissions, and a 30% savings in operational costs. This innovation in sustainable building was achieved through 3DReid’s design and engineering by Buro Happold.

The building is part of a “future-proofing” effort by the designers, which means that it can adapt to the predicted 3-5 degree temperature increase by 2050.  The building has a rainwater harvesting and recycling system, a heat recovery system to collect and recycle waste heat, and 300,000 square feet of exposed concrete that acts as a thermal sponge. This building is an impressive addition to the revitalization of Manchester, which is centered around the creation of Manchester’s sustainable city center district named NOMA. This 4 million square-foot mixed-use masterplanned redevelopment in Manchester is also backed by the financial power of The Co-Operative Group.

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The Incredible Story Of How The Burj Khalifa’s Poop is Trucked Out of Town

December 31st, 2012

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You’d think that the world’s tallest building – a structure that requires amazingly complex engineering and technology to reach its heights – would have an equally impressive sewage system. Unfortunately, that’s not the case because it isn’t hooked up to a municipal wastewater treatment system – so when you poop in the Burj Khalifa, that waste is actually trucked out of the city. Trucked out of the city! We’re frankly flabbergasted by the inefficiency of such a system. One of the world’s most advanced buildings relies on an arcane method to transport wastewater to a treatment facility outside of town. So remember, if you happen to visit and use the Burj Khalifa’s restroom, some unfortunate person has to collect your poop and drive it out of Dubai.

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In November, Terry Gross of NPR interviewed Kate Ascher, author of The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, where she explained what happens to sewage from the Burj Khalifa and other tall buildings in Dubai. There are a host of tall buildings in Dubai and many of them aren’t connected to a municipal sewage system. It seems that construction outpaced installation of such an important component of any multistory building – seemingly with the approval of the city planning department. There is some semblance of a system, but it doesn’t have the capacity to handle the output from an 828 meter tower.

In the interview, Ascher explained that “some [buildings] can access a municipal system but many of them actually use trucks to take the sewage out of individual buildings and then they wait on a queue to put it into a waste water treatment plant. So it’s a fairly primitive system.” Trucks often wait in line for up to 24 hours before they can offload their payload. As Gizmodo calculated, a full building with 35,000 people would produce 7 tons of poop per day, plus all the additional wastewater for showers, brushing your teeth and so on, totaling up to 15 tons per day of wastewater.

The inefficiency of such a system is mind-boggling and raises the issue of how architecture is more than just designing a great building. Architects must also consider the impact of their building on the rest of the city and how it will interact with it. It’s all fine and good to build the world’s tallest building, but if you have to remove the waste via inefficient and costly trucks, then you’ve failed.

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Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

December 31st, 2012

Teton County Children’s Learning Center Brings Sustainable Design to Jackson, Wyoming

December 31st, 2012

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Creatively named “The Ranch,” the Rafter J Childcare facility was designed by the team of architects to achieve three objectives: to fit into the ranch-like neighborhood, experientially stimulate the children, and to achieve LEED Silver certification. Boston-based D.W. Arthur Associates Architecture was brought into the project by local firm Ward+Blake Architects to bring some expertise in childcare design to the table. It’s fitting that D.W. Arthur’s mission is to educate children through experiencing their spatial environment.

The exterior of the building celebrates the regional vernacular ranch style of the local neighborhood, and it incorporates many natural materials in its skin. Made from rammed earth, cedar wood, weathered wood, glass and steel, this 12,000-square-foot facility rises and falls almost as if mimicking the surrounding mountains. Beaver slide-like enclosures and other slatted fences help to break up the exterior of the building, while creating shading devices for the building. Various shed roofs allow for natural light to penetrate deep into the building through angled clerestory windows. Also, many of these shed roofs are covered with sod in order to control storm water runoff.

As the children enter the building they are met with a “family-room” concept corridor where gently curving walls help to create interactive spaces that lead to private rooms. The interior classroom spaces are designed with stained concrete, bright colored walls, and floating cloud-like ceiling tiles that help to capture the children’s imagination.

Other sustainable features include an onsite geothermal system that provides for 50 percent or more of the building’s energy. A computerized system also helps to control the natural and artificial light throughout the building. These along with other building components helped to make this project achieve a LEED Gold rating in the end. This really is a learning center that inspires imagination.

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Top 6 Inhabitat Interviews of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

December 31st, 2012

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Over the last year, Inhabitat interviewed dozens of designers, architects and green visionaries from across the globe. Whether we were chatting up the creators of NYC’s Lowline Undeground Park or discussing the good, the bad and the ugly side of architecture with building science pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek, there was plenty of food for thought to be shared when it came to sustainable design. Check out which 6 interviews really stood out in 2012 and then vote for your favorite!

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Inhabitat’s Top 6 Architecture Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

December 30th, 2012

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There was certainly no shortage of exciting green architecture news over 2012, proving that green building and sustainable design are going mainstream. Readers were glued to our architecture channel all throughout the year, and for good reason: Whether it was a towering 82-foot aquarium in Berlin or a recycled shipping container Starbucks drive thru or a levitating home able to withstand a major earthquake, there were plenty of mind-blowing designs to be seen. Check out our 6 most read architecture stories of the year and vote for your favorite below!

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Texas building 28 hurricane domes along Gulf Coast

December 28th, 2012

Texas is building specially designed hurricane domes along its Gulf of Mexico coastline that will offer shelter during major storms and serve the rest of the time as gyms or community centres.



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Golden Gate Valley Library is a Solar-Powered LEED Gold Renovation in San Francisco

December 28th, 2012

Simpatico Prototype is a Net-Zero Prefab Home in Emeryville, CA

December 27th, 2012

Veolia Environnement Centre-Est is a Sustainable Training Campus in France

December 27th, 2012
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The Veolia Environnement Centre-Est is an innovative and harmonious campus that houses a professional training center for environment, energy, transport, waste and water sectors. The project exemplifies the work Veolia Environnement does as well as their commitment to sustainability. Centered around a courtyard or an Agora, the campus includes a common room, a 150-seat auditorium and a training center consisting of workshops, classrooms and offices, a 55-room accommodation building for trainees and staff and a sports hall. Parking is located away from the main buildings and encircled with trees to hide it from view.

Oriented to the south, the campus is shielded from colder northern winds. The building is certified under French norms for Service Industry buildings (HQE, BBC level) and satisfies the criteria for energy consumption below 60 kWhEP/sq m year. Larch wood siding is accentuated with louvered sunshades and large windows fill the interior with daylight. The roofs feature green roofs and solar systems to further improve efficiency and sustainability. “For this Veolia Campus, our vision was naturally a meeting place; full of life. This was rendered possible through the use of the Agora, connecting the buildings and enhancing the convivial atmosphere,” explains Jérôme LE GALL, Architect and Associate Director at Arte Charpentier Architectes.

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