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The MIPIM Asia Awards are given to real estate projects in the Asia-Pacific region that stand out for innovation in design and excellence in energy performance, among other criteria. There are eight categories of awards that are given away, and the 2010 awards were given away at Hong Kong, on November 10th.
Honours for Parkview Green
Parkview Green was one of three awardees under the Green Building Category. This is the first time a Chinese project has won this Green Building honour. This exemplifies China’s active participation in building a green future. Parkview Green also has the pre-certified LEED® Platinum for core and shell from the USGBC. On completion, it is all set China’s first LEED® Platinum certified urban mixed-use development.
Parkview Green FangCaoDi is a building that houses world-class shopping centres, Grade-A office complexes and a boutique hotel. Located in Beijing, China, it was designed by Integrated Design Associates (IDA) and given life by developers Beijing Chyau Fwu Properties Ltd.
Parkview Green assumes a unique pyramidal structure with both aesthetic and functional appeal. The building comprises four towers – two 9-storey & two 18-storey towers. Four of these towers are meant primarily for Grade-A office space. There is 82000sq m of office space in total for multiple tenants, connected by air bridges. There is also a commercial business space, a 100 room boutique hotel and 50,000m2 of luxury retail.
All four towers are enclosed by a transparent environmental shield. This shield is made of steel, glass walls and an ETFE membrane system roof, and is controlled by an automated Building Management System. The double-glass skin creates an air chamber that stores the thermal energy and reduces energy footprint. It also forms a natural ventilation system that circulates fresh air between the ceilings and floors, allowing the building to “breathe” easily and naturally.
The climate inside the shield is relatively uniform. The shield increases thermal insulation, thus reducing energy consumption. It limits the need for air conditioning in summer and reduces heat loss during winter.
Ventilation louvers are installed at the top of the envelope. These act as chimneys, allowing the warmest air to escape and creating an upward flow of air. As the air escapes, cooler air is drawn up from the bottom of the building, allowing for air movement and natural ventilation.
With its sustainable architectural design, Parkview Green FangCaoDi saves up to 44% in energy consumption and 48% in water consumption. Parkview Green can also recycle 81% of its construction waste material. Moreover, 25% of its total building construction material is made up of recycled content.
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Parkview sports a 236-metre pedestrian bridge that spans the complex, offering a bird’s-eye view of shops and the public plaza. A series of lifts and 18 six-meter-long escalators have been installed. The premium shopping centre offers luxury merchandise on four levels. Boutique Cinema, a mini-spa and a gym on a terraced garden sky lounge on the 18th floor are some other perks the building offers. Fashion shows, car launches, art exhibitions and other attention-grabbing events will be hosted here.
Build Eco Xpo (BEX) Asia is a massive exhibition on Sustainable Buildings of Southeast Asia. The focus is on energy efficient building materials, design and architecture for a future of sustainable growth, and incorporation of critical elements into the construction industry, to enhance competitive advantage and knowledge of the ‘Build Green’ movement.
BEX Asia 2010
BEX Asia 2009 achieved great response with over 200 participating countries and 6400 visitors. Following this, the 3rd edition of BEX – BEX Asia 2010 is going to be held in Singapore from 13th to 15th September, 2010.
The Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) is going to partner with BEX Asia to organise a trade event with a strategic focus on bringing Green Buildings to the forefront of the industry needs.
SGBC is dedicated towards propelling the Singapore building and construction industry towards environmental sustainability by promoting green building design, practices and technologies, the integration of green building initiatives into mainstream design, construction and operation of buildings as well as building capability and professionalism to support wider adoption of green building development and practices in Singapore.
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For existing buildings, the savings potential through alterations and energy-efficient fittings is between 20 and 25 per cent. Even non air-conditioned buildings can go green, by making optimal use of wind and daylight and by adopting other environment-friendly measures. These were stated at ‘Go Green’ – a seminar-cum-exhibition on green buildings, organised here on Friday by the Rotary Club of Thripunithura and KREEPA, as part of their Akshaya Vikas Project.
Making a presentation, Siva Kishan, chief executive officer of GRIHA – Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (which is the national rating system for green buildings), said the Energy Conservation Building Code regulates the usage of power in new buildings. “Green-rating mechanisms have been able to sensitise the construction industry to the benefits of integrated design and resource efficiency, from both the economic and environmental perspective. A rating system for India must respond to the country’s diversity and help develop sensible solutions relevant to different building projects.”
In her presentation on ‘Green buildings – the potential to earn carbon credits,’ Mayurika Chakraborthy, senior consultant with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India, said that less power consumption for lighting, air-conditioning, etc., would mean lesser usage of electricity from the thermal-power dominated power grid. “This in turn means an equivalent reduction in the amount of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that are released from fossil fuels. This makes a green building eligible to earn carbon credits.”
Guruprakash Sastry, manager (Green Initiatives) of Infosys, said the IT firm has been aggressively going ahead with its plan to design all its buildings as green buildings, to optimise energy performance and occupant comfort. “Sustainable buildings and saving every percentage of electricity and water make business sense and reduces expenses, especially when the annual electricity bills exceed Rs.120 crore and the water consumption is over 3 billion litres.”
Quoting Winston Churchill, Sathiaram Ram of IGBC, Hyderabad, said, “We shape our buildings. Thereafter, they shape us.” Buildings consume more energy than industry and vehicles. The green concept must become part of society’s DNA. Even a 100-sq ft building can make a difference in shaping a better world. The intangible benefits of green buildings include better working/living atmosphere, he said and cited how a 20,000 sq ft green building saved Rs.9 lakh a year.
“India also has a great opportunity to export green-building technologies. Already, India has 508 green buildings spread over 358 million square ft area,” Mr. Ram said.
Emerging or the budding buildings started to imbibe various energy efficient and green features in its construction, which will definitely be a cornerstone for its popularity and also a greatest measure to cut the cost incurred for the energy usage. Olive 8 building includes itself in the list of the green buildings by enclosing plenty of eco-friendly features.
This striking building has also officially earned the LEED silver Certification by the USGBC and moreover this the first time that the hotel/condominium building to receive the LEED silver certification. The olive 8 hotel is also one of the 20 green hotels in the U.S. Let us sail through the different construction features of this building.
Olive 8, fairly known as Hyatt at Olive 8 is located at Downtown Seattle, Seattle, Washington. The very luxuriate Olive 8 is a 39-storey building playing a dual role of hotel and condominium. Olive 8 contains 346 rooms in its first 17 floors and the rest of the 22 floors are occupied by 229 urban condos. This Olive 8 building was planned and designed by R.C. Hedreen Company. Mr. Hedreen aimed to make this building to achieve the LEED certification. Keeping this in mind, he redesigned the old plan of this Olive 8. At last he deserved it by giving a fabulous healthy and wealthy indoor environment to live and work.
The façade of the Olive 8 is a 100 percent glass exterior with blue architectural glass. The glass façade and the windows from floor to ceiling allow the abundant natural light to flood inside the building. Thus saving the energy used for artificial lightings. Triple-paned glass and a special coating on the exterior protect the excessive heating to the interiors.
The roof top of this building is one of the largest living rooftop in Seattle city. The roof is planted with native plant materials and traditional roofing material, is the greatest highlight. These plants on the roof reduce the amount of heating and cooling. The high island effect is reduced by a high performance ultra reflective surface membrane on the rooftop. It also decreases the amount of rain water flooding the storm sewers by absorbing and retaining the water in their roots and in the soil.
Olive 8 is expected to save 23 percent of energy more comparing to the other conventional building of similar size. All rooms of the Olive 8 are equipped with watt stopper ® technology that automatically turns the lights off when there is no foot prints. Olive 8 avoided volatile organic compounds by using low or no-VOC paints, solvents and carpeting. All the cleaning products are low-VOC and 100 percent toxic free. Washers, Dishwashers and refrigerators or Freezers are Energy Star® rated.
It also saves 36 percent of water, which is nearly equal to 2.4 gallon per year. It includes low-flowing plumbing fixtures, uses one gallon per minutes which is really less when compared to the traditional shower heads. Toilets and urinals use dual-flush system that saves 29 percent less water per flush. Additionally super efficient irrigation system tends the landscaping maintenance to use minimal city water and results in the 99 percent water savings, which is approximately equal to 24,000 gallons of water per year. A very low-chemical mechanical water system is used, which uses very less potable water.
Seattle Steam Company, which is providing the heating for the building, will reduce the carbon foot prints up to 50 percent by using biomass as fuel instead of natural gases. Olive 8 give more preference to the highly fuel-efficient vehicles in the parking area and outlets for electric cars in the underground parking area. Mostly, 95 percent of the construction debris is diverted from the landfills disposal by directing materials to be reused and recycled.
These above mentioned features led this building towards the LEED certification. The LEED silver certification signifies the building’s environmental leadership in the industry, both locally and nationally.
Glazette.com is a smart and striking name of a newest glass portal. This budding portal efficiently presents various beneficial facts and news about glass and energy efficiency from the nook and corner of the world. This portal also brings us a great knowledge about the glass architectures, architectural glasses, green trends and so on. Unprecedentedly, Glazette not only address the existing architectures but it also offers the information about the buildings under construction and also about the buildings in blue print.
Moreover, Glazette also unveils the latest news, events, features, interior design relevant to glass. Glazette provides the data about the twinkling glass buildings, glass houses, green buildings, LEED rated buildings and the tallest skyscrapers of the world and also about the several events regarding glasses such as exhibitions and trade shows. Glazette incorporates the facility for forums.
Glazette is a greatest feast for all those who are having greatest zeal on glass. Glazette also focus on the sustainable and energy efficiency programs. Glazette describes various manufacturing process and applications for different types of glasses. It includes many articles about the solar control glass, fire resistant glass, self-cleaning glass, energy-efficient glass, high-tech switchable glass and so on. Amazingly, glazette narrates the various types of glasses like tempered glass, laminated glass, ceramic printed glass, heat strengthen glass, insulated glass and heat soaked glass.
Proudly, glazette is useful for the budding to the full-fledged professionals in architecture and interior design whilst the community of glass manufacturers, fabricators and processors by its versatility. Glazette dedicates itself as a common knowledge sharing platform for the architects, interior designers, students, builders and processors for mutual benefits.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an agency of the United States Government is responsible for the public space programs of the nation. It is a very well known agency with most stunning and innovative projects in their hands. To set as an outstanding example for other agencies, NASA guys planned to work on a project, which will be expected to shutters the ground by its high performance. This amazing green project is none other than NASA’s most sustainable base. In order to launch this energy efficient and environmentally friendly building, they decided to use their lunar base technology.
This new building is designed in such a way that it will gain the platinum rating under the LEED new construction standard for environmentally sustainable construction. This building is budding in Ames research center in Moffett Field, California. This new building of NASA is designed by McDonough with his partners and AECOM. This project will cost about 20.6 million and its construction will be completed by 2011.
Three key goals
The three key goals of this building are to achieve the zero net energy consumption, to use 90 percent less drinking water or the water which is potable, when comparing to the usage level in other equivalent size conventional buildings and finally to reduce the maintenance of the building.
Highlight of this building is the usage of natural ventilation complemented by the geothermal systems, increases the building sustainability. Nearly 72 geothermal wells with ground-source heat pumps will be installed to promote the objectives of sustainability of the new building. This building will also provide a parking and a landscaping with California-native plants. This advantageous project will include a very sophisticated system for solar water heating, fire detection and suppression, advanced lighting, security and communications operations.
These above mentioned systems will be deliberated in a way that they can act automatically according to the changes in sunlight, temperature and wind and use resources to maximize the performance of the building. Radiant cooling, intelligent buildings systems and on-site photovoltaic energy generation will also be incorporated in this project. A site storm water management is also going to be installed in this base building. Optimization of water comes from use of natural landscape; non-potable irrigation system and on-site water treatment by an Eco machine are other added features of this building.
The interior of the building includes large column-free spans, which helps the building to adopt itself to the changing needs of the programs and a structural exo-skeleton which renders the repairs easier even after the earthquakes. The real crown of this project will be the intelligent computer-controlled system. The computer in this sustainable building along with the internet connection can forecast the weather of the local area; along with integrated occupancy sensors adjust the heating and cooling system. These computers also control the windows in order to take advantage of passive cooling.
Base building includes few new facilities such as structural steel frame, 4645 square-foot open- collaborative workspace, a glass-walled atrium and so on. It is very clear that NASA has anchored its flag on the planet earth by contributing this base building in California. This sustainable base building will be an outstanding and competitive example for the present and future green buildings.
Nowadays, not only the factories, industries start their journey towards the green future but also many educational institutions like schools and colleges started to prepare their students towards the energy efficient green buildings, green economy and green jobs. By this the colleges can create good citizens for the future with the greater knowledge about the environmentally-friendly features. Some of the colleges started to offer green building courses for the students as a part of their contribution to the eco-friendliness. Here are three colleges that include various excellent the green practices:
College of the Atlantic
College of the Atlantic (COA) at Bar Harbor, Maine, USA was inaugurated on Oct 8, 2006 by the president David Hales had taken an oath to be a Carbon NetZero college by the end of 2007, to achieve that mission, the students, faculties and the staff worked together and carried out many researches and analyses to offset the green house gas emission. As on Dec 19, 2007, COA invested in a green house gas reduction project operated by The Climate Trust of Oregon to offset the 2,488 tons of carbon output over the past 15 months.
By obtaining the electricity through a low-impact hydroelectric generator in Maine, COA reduced its annual green house gas emission and this will be further reduced by 22 percent or about 450 tons by next year. Incandescent light bulbs have been replaced by compact fluorescent where possible. This college makes use of the natural light by installing light shelves, which bounces the light from the windows to ceiling to lights the interior of the rooms. Commuting methods such as carpooling and biking promotes the employees to work from the home.
COA uses only certified woods, not from the old-growth forest and no materials that emit gas-chemicals. COA uses a renewable wood pellet boiler to heat 20 percent of the college campus. It keeps the temperature as 65 during the day time and 50 at night time. Coolant from air-conditioning in library stacks and kitchen used to preheat the hot water. All toilets, urinals, faucets and shower heads use less than three gallons of water.
Berea College at Berea, Kentucky, amazingly locates an Ecovillage that occupying a 5 acre eco-friendly community. The complex includes 50 apartments, a state-of-the-art Child Development Laboratory, a common house and a Sustainability and Environmental Studies (SENS) demonstration house. The Ecological machine, wetlands, permaculture food forest and individual gardens are the other community features. This energy efficient Ecovillage reduces the energy usage by 75 percent, water usage by 75 percent.
Ecovillage recycle and reuse 50 percent of the sewage and waste water. Skillfully, Ecological machines are used to convert the sewage water to swimmable quality water. This village also incorporates passive solar heating, photovoltaic panels andwind-powered. The roof top captures the rain water used for the landscape irrigation and for the production of fruits and vegetables. Berea college maintains it own farm to provide the organic produce, beef and pork.
Evergreen State College
Green roof of the new building is a greatest highlight of Evergreen State College at Olympia, Washington. This building is being evaluated for the LEED-Gold rating under the USGBC. This tremendous green roof builds 24,000 square-feet on 13 separate green roof areas. This green roof is a live visual representation to develop the sustainability. Roughly, $18 is incorporated for a square-foot with polyisocyanurate insulation with an R-value of 21, bitumen roof system which incorporates recycled materials and stainless steel flashings.
Green Roof uses Garland’s filterdrain 110 as the drainage layer. It is a very high density polyethylene filter fabric fused to a geotextile filter fabric. A drip irrigation system will be used only during the severe drought periods. Important advantage of this green roof is it reduces the size of the storm water preservation ponds. The green roof collects, filters the rain water incident on it and allow it to flow into a 20,000 gallons reservoir tank, which is designed in such a way to release water back to the environment. The students of this college use benches and patio areas, arranged around these green roofs as an interaction place with their staff members.
Many multi-story buildings and also many skyscrapers landed their foot as green buildings in this world. This is because they wanted to contribute themselves to the list of energy efficient buildings that reduces the carbon emission and saves the energy to greater level. Not only the multi-story buildings but also few homes started to twinkle as green houses now. Jointly all these efforts directs us towards a pleasant eco-friendly atmosphere. The first green house was probably built in Roman times to cultivate to cultivate exotic fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, new Austin home affix itself in the catalog of green houses.
Austin home, a good looking home covers an area of about 3,266 square-feet. This home earned the top ratings from three widely reputed green building programs in Austin, LEED – Platinum, NAHB Model Green Building Gold and Austin Energy Green Building 5-star. Additionally this house also earned the Energy Star Qualification. The builder of this energy efficient home is Durrette Interests, Austin Architects: Barley & Pfeiffer Architects, Austin.
Austin home includes various techniques such as advanced framing technique, energy efficient windows, low-VOC interior finishes, a tank less hot water heater, dual-flush toilets, a very compact fluorescent light fixtures and so on. Austin homes uses 3-KW solar photovoltaic array on its southeast roofline, which conserves 25 percent of energy. A light-colored galvalume prosnap 100 recycled-metal roof contains a self-venting radiant barrier system, which consists of the venting path between the underside of the roof and the roof decking, to maintain attic temperature low. This also acts as a big umbrella for the house.
The Austin home also contains a very unique and special attic, sealed with the ventilated roof, which allows very little amount of the heat incident on the roof to penetrate into the house. Spray-foam attic insulation is used, which is used to reduce the humidity of the home during the summer, keeps the home warmer in winter and also decreases the accumulation of dust. Windows and overhangs are designed and sized in such a way to provide summer shading yet allowing abundant daylight and natural winter heating from the sun. Unconventional-looking cloth canopies hanging on the aluminum framing helps to shade the windows at certain of the day.
First-floor screened porch on the prevailing-breeze side of the house and a stair tower on the opposite side maximizes the potential of the home to responds to the solar and to other climatic considerations. Unbelievably, this porch is very cool even without any air conditioners. The passive thermal siphoning facilitates the natural cooling and ventilation. A Carport – an open-sided shelter for vehicles, performs double-duty as a covered play area that makes the prevailing breezes to keep it cool and comfortable, even in the times of summer. The breezes vent out of the 5-foot-alley between the house and detached garage.
High energy efficient air conditioning is used to stay cool and comfortable. Austin home is sited in the neighborhoods of the USGBC standards. This house is at a walk able distance from the work, workshop and shops. Merely for its location, Austin house earned 10 LEED points.
Drastically, many buildings with the great alertness of sustainability, energy efficiency and green building necesscity and also with a consciousness to minimize the global warming started to recognize themselves with a great list of eco-friendly features. In such a manner, PepsiCo’s Chicago downtown corporate plaza also implemented various energy efficient initiatives and upgrades for the conservation energy to a maximum extent. As a result of those implementations, it earned an Energy Star certification – a national mark of excellence in energy performance. Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficient consumer’s products and projects, created by United States Environmental Protection Agency.
PepsiCo’s Chicago Plaza was built in the year 2002. This 17-story sparkling plaza already earned a LEED certification for Existing Building Silver Certification from USGBC. This company was also awarded with the 2009 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award by the U.S. EPA. PepsiCo Chicago Plaza had taken various of steps to minimize their energy consumption. This plaza successfully achieved its goals with the help of its employee “Green Team.”
Especially, all conference rooms and the offices of this plaza are installed with motion sensors, which automatically turn the lights off when there are no foot prints or when they are not occupied. Old components of the HVAC systems are replaced with the energy efficient equipments. The roof top of the sustainability center is installed with solar and wind power generating equipments. These save the electrical energy to a greater extent. Also, the Green Team keeps its employees to be aware of the daily energy usage through the employee-nominated floor leaders.
Contests are being conducted for every month between all the floors of the plaza regarding the waste reduction and finally the names of the winners and losers are announced internally. A very beneficial recycling program was also started that aims to recycle all the recyclable glass, paper, plastic, cardboard, batteries, printer/fax cartridges, light bulbs and so on taken from the refuse bins of the plaza. This effort lands in recycling and reusing Chicago Plaza’s 70 percent solid waste instead of being dispatched into the municipal landfills.
Even all the janitorial products are also replaced with the alternate products, which meets the USGBC’s sustainable green building products and materials standard. This plaza satisfies all the categories of the energy efficiency such as sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resource and indoor environmental quality.