Another green action in the architectural world has been initiated by Studio 505 as they designed the former CUB Brewery site in Melbourne, Australia into a carbon-neutral office for Grocon. The said office will be having a green roof collecting rainwater. It will also be having a façade of living edge perimeter planters, fixed shading louvers, double glazed window walls and solar panel shading. With the features, Grocon’s GreenStar Credentials will definitely be enhanced. Looking at the presumably renderings, the Grocon office will not only be a green model but also it will definitely be tourist attraction with its simple yet inviting design.
Olympics committees of today are becoming aware of green living and using of sustainable materials. In Vancouver, Canada, even the 2008 Summer Games is yet to start; the creation of the Village 2010 Winter Olympics has already been planned. Designed with the intent to meet the LEED standards, the village will be built with high sustainability. All the buildings will have a green roofs with solar panels, and rainwater will be harvested and will be used for the irrigation of the green roofs and landscape. There will also be an in-slab hydronic system will be used in heating and cooling the buildings.
With the aim to design the cheapest solar home in the world, IAAC or The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia has the Solar Fab Lab House as their Official entry to the competition. The fab lab house has the area of 75square meters and is ideal for a family with 4 members. The house uses lightweight wood as its main structural component making it able to complete the house assembly in fifteen days. The Fab Lab House has the paraboloid form in order in order for it to achieve optimal summer orientation in different cities around the globe. Of course, with the solar panels visible on the house’s roof, it is a solar powered house.
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