Archinect - News 2015-10-06T12:28:22-04:00 Cornell Tech to build world's first Passive House high-rise on NY's Roosevelt Island Nicholas Korody 2015-06-12T18:20:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T19:10:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction is slated to start this month on what-will-be the world's first high-rise residential tower built according to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Passive House</a> (PH) standards, considered the most rigorous criteria for reducing a building's greenhouse gas emissions. Passive houses, such as the building on the right in the thermogram below, release significantly less heat compared with a typical building (such as that on the left).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Touted as an "iconic marker" for Cornell University's new tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York's East River, the project will innovative design features such as:</p><ul><li>A pre-fabricated metal fa&ccedil;ade that will act like a thermal blanket, insulating the structure.</li><li>A louver system, or the building's "gills," which will house the building's heating and cooling systems.</li><li>Low-VOC paint to limit off-gassing and improve air quality.</li><li>Exterior paint that "naturally shifts color from silver to warm champagne" when reflecting light.</li></ul><p>According to figures released by the university, the building wil...</p> Editor's Picks #304 Nam Henderson 2013-02-26T13:39:00-05:00 >2013-02-26T16:31:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition of the ShowCase feature, Archinect published the first fire station designed by Pritzker Prize winner <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Aacute;lvaro Siza Veira</a>. The project, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santo Tirso Fire Station</a> is located in Quinta de Ge&atilde;o, Portugal "<em>comprises a total gross area of 1173 m2 and lodges the support functions to the fire is organized in 3 floors</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Moody</a>'s initial reaction was that "<em>At first glance, it would be hard to picture this building as a fire station. But then again, that's probably the point. Nicely done! Alvaro.</em>" <strong>toasteroven</strong> added "<em>that brick is yummy, the exterior is really nice - but -&nbsp; the interiors seem a little cold and off-putting.&nbsp; all shades of grey and white - like a bunker in Antarctica in the dead of winter</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to released figures the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed its strongest growth since November 2007. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 54.2, up sharply from a mark of 51.2* in Dec...</a></p> The Ridge: Net-Zero Energy Mixed-Use Passive House Project Gets Thumbs Up In Philadelphia Andrew Michler 2011-12-12T17:06:33-05:00 >2011-12-12T17:23:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philadelphia just gave the go-ahead for a large mixed-use multi-family housing project that is urban friendly and energy frugal. Conceived by design/build group Onion Flats "The Ridge&rsquo; will be the largest Passive House project in the region...Vegetated roofs and greenscape will frame the plentiful public spaces within, encouraging community interaction.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Onion Flats' design won with overwhelming community approval.</p> Passivhaus Institute Ends Relationship With Passive House Institute US MikeChino 2011-08-17T15:55:49-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The founder of Passivhaus and director of Passivhaus Institute PHI, Dr. Wolfgang Fiest, has just sent word that the Passive House Institute United States (PHIUS) will no longer be able to provide building certifications, and will no longer be considered a partner of the program.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>