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TableAir is a smart, connected standing desk with a...
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The Flux chair. The award-winning Dutch design. Looks like a...
Furniture: extended Tabu chair collection by Eugeni Quitllet for Alias
Eugeni Quitllet presents a reconsidered version of ‘Tabu’ chair for...
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Sustainable furniture: cardboard sofa
Inspired by the flexibility of an Accordion, these designers...
Furniture: Opendesk provides open-source furniture for Kano office
Open-source furniture company Opendesk has created customised workspace fittings for self-build...
Furniture: no smartphones allowed – the Offline chair
Every morning millions of people around the world wake...
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You were designed to move – It’s likely your...
Furniture: colourful modular seating
French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance has created a collection of lozenge-shaped seats...
Furniture: a chair made from a single piece of bent aluminium
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The ‘Bertoia loom chair’ is a reinterpretation of creations...
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Furniture: media wall by Kimball Office
Made for the places people gather, Teem by Kimball...
Furniture: Shout booths by Screen Solutions
This May Screen Solutions are launching the brand new shhout...
Transformation of prison cells into comfortable living spaces through design
Brooklyn industrial design student Kai Lin has created a...
Furniture: Patricia Urquiola’s Roll chair
Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has attached two long cushions...
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This table by designers Raphaël Ménard and Jean-Sébastien Lagrange...
Furniture: Daniel Libeskind composes Gemma sofa for Moroso
Daniel Libeskind considers design to be an exercise in...
Furniture: Transit chair by Boris Bally
The ‘transit chair’ is hand formed and fabricated in...
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By employing an iridescent multi-chromatic finish, Patricia Urqiola adds...
Furniture: Konstantin Grcic designs Remo chair for Plank
Plank continues their tradition of producing high quality wooden...
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Three functions in one compact piece of furniture turn...
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Dutch designer Richard Hutten has created a chair with...
Furniture: PAUSE – multipurpose seating system
Highly variable seating system made from CORIAN, with various...
Furniture: Vitra and G-star RAW present Prouvé RAW office edition
During the 2015 Salone del mobile, Vitra and G-star...
The Economical Chair: a chair designed to minimise waste
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Knoll has unveiled a lounge chair designed by British...
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Furniture: logo turned into a chair
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Designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, Parentesit offers comfort for...
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Furniture: Nube armchair by STUA add color to the Vienna University of Economics and Business
STUA have furnished the Learning Center and the Central...
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Largest Zero Net Energy educational building in the U.S.

The North Shore Community College, Health Professions | Student Services Building is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ first educational building that has been designed as a Zero Net Energy Building (ZNEB). It is also the fourth largest ZNEB in the United States.

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Designed by Boston/Seattle-based DiMella Shaffer, the 58,000-sq-ft (5,388 square meters) has been certified by the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program at a GOLD level rating. This ZNEB has been designed to generate through clean, renewable sources at least as much energy as it consumes.

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Utilising 1088 photovoltaic solar panels architecturally incorporated onto the building’s south-facing steel roof trusses, the slope of the panels cleverly deals with the practical need to safely shed snow and rain from the panels onto the supporting roof below. This open truss design helps to maximise the availability of the sloping PV surfaces for sun collection while concurrently its form visually ‘celebrates’ its on-site electric energy generation.

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Three solar panel canopies help to collect students from the adjacent parking area drawing them under the canopies and eventually into the building’s front entrance. This powerful entrance promenade actually contributes to the building’s need for electrical generation by presenting the importance of these additional ground-supported solar collectors as the architectural expression of the building and its site.

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Contributing to the building’s sustainable strategies is an abundance of natural daylight utilising sun as a managed light source thereby minimising the need for artificial light. Likewise, the building’s exterior envelope is highly insulated and thereby reduces heat gain and loss.

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Finally, since reliance on fossil fuels for normal heating and cooling is eliminated through the incorporation of 50 geothermal wells which captures the heat and cooling from the earth’s core a holistic design approach is achieved.

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