Environmental classroom certified as world’s fifth Living Building

Smith College’s newest building, the Bechtel Environmental Classroom, achieved top honours in environmental sustainability by meeting all 20 demanding performance requirements of the Living Building Challenge, a green building certification program created by the non-profit International Living Future Institute. The Bechtel Environmental Classroom is only the fifth building in the world and the first building in New […] Read more

Renovated school revitalizes a neighbourhood in Bergen, Norway

Norwegian architecture firms Rambøll Norge and Arkitektgruppen Cubus AS recently teamed up to jump start an entire neighbourhood revitalization project with their incredible renovation and expansion of an old, run-down school. The structure, which dates back to 1924, has been transformed into a modern neighbourhood community centre called the Ny Krohnborg School. Originally chosen to […] Read more

Tokyo Techno Station achieves Japan’s highest LEED certification

The Technical Research Institute Techno Station in Tokyo was recently awarded Japan’s highest LEED Platinum certification rating. Obayashi Corporation worked with EBS Consultants and Webcor to verify the building’s energy performance and complete LEED certification. The dedicated research and development centre fosters sustainable building strategies, and it is expected to perform better than 93 percent […] Read more

Green building: LEED platinum-seeking office building in Silicon Valley

The tech giants of Silicon Valley are no strangers to sustainable design, and brick‘s recently completed office building bears no exception. Designed as the future home of Nuance Communications, the 70,000 square foot (6,503 square meters) building sports a variety of eco-friendly features including a lush rooftop garden with water-efficient landscaping and solar panels. Set […] Read more

A building that anticipates the movements of its users

The St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion is an iconic multi-purpose structure that brings fresh produce and locally made crafts to the community around historic Washington DC, USA. The 24 foot high pavilion designed by Davis Brody Bond Architects and Planners deploys sustainable mechanisms, including rainwater harvesting, and uses roof plantings to reduce the heat island […] Read more

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