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    Sliding Shades and Natural Ventilation Help This San Diego Office Aim for LEED Platinum

    … to purge thermal mass each night for passive cooling. Seen as a living ecosystem, Block D advances sustainable workplace design by being hyperconscious of both climatic concerns and its occupants’ health and wellness. You may also enjoy “Outside Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca, Mexico, an Eco-Resort Balances Design and Nature.” Would you like to …

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    Centro University's LEED Platinum Campus Emphasizes Transparency and Community

    … each other.” “We really wanted a campus that represented the spirit of the school,” says architect Enrique Norten. “It’s a school that wants to be collaborative, that wants to be interdisciplinary, where everyone works with everyone else.” A green roof, solar panels, and natural ventilation all contributed to the campus’s LEED Platinum certification.

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    Design Optimism Talks: Accelerating the Path to Zero

    … embodied carbon, the sustainability leader put in a plug for building reuse: “If you were going to demolish an existing building and replace it with a new LEED Platinum one, it would take 80 years to reverse the environmental damage. Focus on existing buildings.” Asked what he considered a sustainable building ideal, Ramanujam averred: “A …

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    Three Hospitality Projects Set the Bar for Sustainable Service

    … restaurant design. This is the first commercial project in Chicago to use a Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structural system, among other sustainable features. The building achieved a LEED Platinum Certification. In addition to the CLT structure, the project deploys a host of strategies including higher efficiency kitchen equipment and HVAC systems, photovoltaic panels for power …

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    For Asheville, North Carolina–based Samsel Architects, Sustainability Is an Ongoing Process

    For Asheville, North Carolina-based Samsel Architects, stewardship is an integral part of being an architect. This value is apparent in some of the firm’s largest projects including a ground-up LEED Platinum EcoDorm for Warren Wilson College and a modern renovation for Eagle Nest Outfitter’s 1980s-era office space. Courtesy Samsel Architects …

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    Amazon’s HQ2 Conceals its Agenda with the Latest Sustainability Strategies

    … operational carbon emissions—how the entire campus will consume energy and incorporate building materials that can absorb it well into the future. Amazon is looking to achieve LEED Platinum certification and meet the Paris Climate Accord requirement by 2040, ten years before the established target to become net-zero. While these feats are somewhat commendable …

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    Portland’s Skylab Architecture Cultivates Kinetics

    … Nike’s new Serena Williams Building, named for the legendary tennis player, dark metal cladding evokes an armoured suit to honor Serena’s warrior-like play. The LEED Platinum design features a series of long, thin bars to optimize natural light, with outdoor green-roof terraces connected by sky bridges. Seen from above, it resembles …

  • Metropolis Planet Positive Awards Re:Vision Architecture

    Planet Positive Awards 2023 Entries

    Re:Vision Architecture

    … the original plan, and helping the team begin its journey toward becoming the first Living Building Challenge Core–ready project in the world, in addition to achieving LEED Platinum certification and exceeding Passive House standards. Efficient HVAC systems, cutting-edge lighting technologies, and a super-insulated envelope reduce the building’s energy use by over …

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    Design of One Canadian Community College Addresses Its Cultural Mission

    … surrounding campus, which the architects landscaped with multitiered walkways and meadowlike gardens. (The plantings handily double as a gray-water filtration system.) The 274,000-square-foot, LEED Platinum–targeted center provides up to 3,000 students with incubator spaces, lounge areas, and the latest tools in robotics, mechanics, and 3D scanning and fabrication, while …

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    The Other New Orleans

    … Lower Ninth is Make It Right. Despite all the difficulties—complicated finances, bureaucracy, and the typical delays that plague all construction projects—the organization has built 74 LEED Platinum homes. “The most in the country,” Williams boasts. Ten additional houses are under construction. Make It Right expects to complete all 150 (the original goal) by …