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Green architecture – Junction House, Melbourne

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments29 November 2013

junction-house-melbourne-1Situated in west Melbourne, the Junction House project required town planning due to the small lot size and its narrow northern frontage site. To overcome these issues, the architects decided to raise both the living areas and the mass of the building up. Aside being cleverly built, the house features various sustainable solutions which make… »

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Green architecture – Human Health Building

By Damir Beciri
20 November 2013

human-health-building-1Built on the northwest corner of Oakland University’s campus, Human Health Building (HBB) emerged from need for more space in university’s School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences. Aside providing the two schools with greater collaborative setting among students, facility and community partners, HBB became the first LEED Platinum certified building on a university… »

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Using math tools to improve energy efficiency of courtyards

By Damir Beciri
17 October 2012

mediterranean-courtyard-math-tool-1While some may wonder how our ancestors managed to realize similar solutions in architecture throughout the different cultures around the world, researchers from the University of Seville (Spain) propose that climate played a major role in that process. They also used mathematical tools to reveal the phenomenon that the temperature inside the typical Mediterranean courtyard… »

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Green architecture – UC Irvine Humanities Gateway building

By Damir Beciri
One Comment25 December 2011

uc-irvine-humanities-gateway-building-1UC Irvine Humanities Gateway building has been awarded LEED Platinum certification for its sustainability, scoring 5 points above the minimum requirement for that status by earning 57 points (out of a possible 69 points). Supporting the School’s endeavor to encourage global citizenship in its students, the building provides an inspiring example for students, architects and… »

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Green architecture – Okanagan College Centre of Excellence

By Damir Beciri
7 August 2011

okanagan-college-centre-of-excellence-1The Okanagan College Centre of Excellence is being designed as an innovative, sustainable post-secondary facility that is highly adapted to its site, climate and context. Aside being example of green architecture, the Centre of Excellence features a syllabus with a focus on sustainable building technologies and processes, as well as research and development of alternative… »

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Green architecture – Cottonwood Cove Floating Marina

By Damir Beciri
3 July 2011

cottonwood-cove-floating-marina-1Scottsdale-based Forever Resorts formally announced the development of its new marina building at Nevada’s Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina on Lake Mohave, just outside Searchlight, Nevada. The marina building replaces the old 30-year-old structure and moorage for more than 220 vessels, and it is the first floating structure that has applied for LEED Gold certification…. »

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Green architecture – Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center

By Damir Beciri
7 June 2011

rio-salado-audobon-center-1Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, a free-admission nature education center in the Río Salado Habitat Restoration Area, located less than two miles from downtown Phoenix, earned LEED Platinum certification and became the first building of that kind in Phoenix. Opened in fall, 2009, the center is operated by Audubon Arizona – a non-profit… »

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Green architecture – Bardessono luxury resort in Napa, CA

By Damir Beciri
11 February 2010

bardessono-3Bardessono, a 62-room boutique luxury inn and spa in Yountville, California, received the LEED Platinum certification. Destination design firm WATG provided complete architectural design services for the project. Bardessono, located on a 4.9-acre site in the heart of Napa Valley, was developed by Phil Sherburne, who also developed Willows Lodge in the Seattle area and Inn… »