On a small and skinny lot wedged behind its historic city hall, Santa Monica is trying to accomplish something that has never been done before in California. By 2020, the city hopes to construct a 50,000-square-foot city services building that will meet the requirements of the International Living Future Institute’s “Living Building Challenge” — the most stringent environmental building standard in the world. — latimes.com
"Should the city succeed it will prove that net-zero water is possible in our arid climate, even in a drought — and that if we’re serious about staving off the effects of drought and climate change, we should settle for no less. It will also familiarize code officials with new innovations...
“Right now (the industry is) setting targets of 30 to 40 per cent reduction in energy savings from the current business as usual. I think that’s just not enough. I am for net zero,” he says. [...]
“The time scale between what we know can be done and should be done, and when the technology and processes become the norm, needs to be shortened. Currently it takes about 10 to 15 years.” — eco-business.com
Related stories in the Archinect news:Masdar abandons its dream of becoming the first zero-carbon cityFrance Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings2015 Solar Decathlon winner Stevens Institute of Technology addresses post-Sandy resiliency with the SURE HOUSEAlso, don't miss Deans List...
Masdar City, when it was first conceived a decade ago, was intended to revolutionise thinking about cities and the built environment.
Now the world’s first planned sustainable city – the marquee project of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) plan to diversify the economy from fossil fuels - could well be the world’s first green ghost town.
As of this year [...] managers have given up on the original goal of building the world’s first planned zero-carbon city. — theguardian.com
The Stevens Institute of Technology of Hoboken, New Jersey won the 2015 Solar Decathlon with their storm-resilient SURE HOUSE this past weekend. One of the crowd favorites in this year's competition, the SURE HOUSE scored the highest in seven out of the 10 contests, which put the team in the lead...
Amelia Taylor-Hochberg featured 'trans’ the most recent issue of 'Lust' - for Screen/Print #29. The latest entry in Archinect's Lexicon is "Neuromorphic Architecture" first coined by Dr. Michael Arbib in a 2012 paper for Intelligent Buildings International. BBC Arts asked experts whether the...
"Prime Cut" by Swiss firm Rutz Architekten won a Merit Award in the 2013 Architecture at Zero competition we just featured. Student and professional entrants were required to design a zero-net energy, mixed use, affordable residential building for the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, CA. — bustler.net
The winners have been revealed for the Architecture at Zero 2013 competition. Architecture, engineering, and planning students and professionals worldwide were invited to submit their designs of a zero-net energy, mixed-use, and affordable residential building for the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, CA. — bustler.net
Yesterday, on Earth Day, Seattle's latest green building celebrated its grand opening: The Bullitt Center, a super-efficient office space at 1501 East Madison Street, was designed to become the world’s largest functioning, commercial Living Building, using an estimated 83 percent less energy than a typical Seattle office building and achieving Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water. — bustler.net
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’ will be the largest Passive House project in the region...Vegetated roofs and greenscape will frame the plentiful public spaces within, encouraging community interaction. — Inhabitat
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