Ecological design and sustainable architecture represent the future of incredible construction projects. They enhance and protect the environment while still providing a fully functional work environment for those who reside within their structures. This article will reveal some of 2016’s best green construction projects.
Whether you are a hotelier and designer like Stephen Collins, or less devoted to a specific format, these projects are sure to wow you. The layout and beauty incorporated in these sustainable pieces of art and function have garnered their designers a good deal of fame and accolades. It is hard to imagine that green construction has made it this far in such a short period of time. And yet, it has indeed.
Natural systems, technology, and architecture are integrated to create these excellent sustainable designs. These buildings are award winning and should be highly revered for their devotion to green living and environmental protection. So, without any further hesitation, we present to you 2016’s best green construction projects:
- Galway, Ireland– The Biosciences Research Building (BRB) located there utilizes natural ventilation allowing nearly half of the entire building to function without any other form of mechanical ventilation. Learn more.
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania– The Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) is designed to be the greenest structure on the globe. Storm and sanitary water is captured and treated on site and it produces its own energy.
- San Francisco, California– The Exploratorium at Pier 15 utilizes the waters within the bay, in conjunction with solar power, to cool and heat its structure. It will eventually become the largest Net Zero energy museum in the US.
- Austin, Texas- H-E-B at Mueller employs the nation’s first propane refrigeration system within a grocery store. Reclaimed water is used for irrigation and toilets, solar power helps to optimize daylight, and they offer charging for electric vehicles.
- San Francisco, California– Rene Cazenave Apartments uses a roof top solar canopy and hydronic heating to reduce energy costs to residents. Additionally, a vegetated roof in conjunction with reclaimed water piping, a courtyard storm water collection tank, and the smart irrigation design is great for the disabled people who reside within its walls. Read more about this cool place.
- Decatur, Texas– The Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion tempers the climate, shades the sun, blocks the wind, and offers protected views to habitat and watershed protection.
- San Diego, California– The J. Craig Venter Institute is a net zero energy laboratory. Sustainable materials, energy performance, and water conservation are key to the design of this institute.
- Laramie, Wyoming– University of Wyoming’s Visual Arts Facility houses one of the largest installations of solar evacuated tubes. It is designed to embrace the power of the sun and redirect reflected light.
- Berkeley, California– The West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library employs natural ventilation thanks to an innovative wind chimney and solar thermal panels. And, 97% of the building is illuminated by daylight exposure and usage.
The idea behind creating structures that are self-sustaining, energy producing, and carbon footprint eliminating is new. However, the buildings on this list have shown an impressive desire to reach those goals in reality, not just theory. It is about time other architects began embracing these ideas in a means to further protect our planet. You can read more about green building practices by clicking this.