Self-sufficient school provides energy for neighbouring households

Skop, an architecture firm in Zurich, Switzerland, has completed a self-sufficient school in the Swiss village of Port. Using prefabricated timber construction methods, sustainably sourced wood has been used throughout the school’s design. From an environmental perspective, the building has an air-tight envelope with an energy-efficient ventilation system. Also, operable windows allow natural cross ventilation […] Read more

Green building: a100-year-old building LEED Platinum-certified

Seattle-based Weber Thompson expanded an existing 1916 brick building and transformed it into a mixed-use residential and commercial structure, wrapped around an open courtyard. The architects expanded on an existing 1916 brick building and renovated it by designing a frame which acts as a neutral foil to the historic masonry. The building’s form promotes natural […] Read more

Green office space progress is slowing

According to the authors of the 2015 State of Green Business Report, the total of green office space as in the number of global LEED-certified commercial projects dropped 2% from 2013 to 2014. Though registrations and certifications for new construction and commercial spaces declined, LEED retrofits of existing buildings increased. The outlook isn’t entirely bleak, however. […] Read more

RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist 2014 announced

Every year the British UK RIBA Stirling Prize is presented to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year. Here are this year’s nominees: Library of Birmingham by Mecanoo Architekten London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects Everyman Theatre by Haworth Tompkins London […] Read more

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