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Sears Tower Renovation Design by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, in Chicago, United States

June 17, 2013 By: archinhome Category: Architecture

This Sears Tower Renovation is designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, located in Chicago, United States
According to the U.S Department of State, buildings account for an estimated 36 percent of overall energy use, 65 percent of electricity consumption, 30 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions and 12 percent of water use in America. Green improvements to Sears Tower are aimed at reducing electricity use by 80% in just four years, equating to 68 million kilowatt hours or 150,000 barrels of oil per year. The architects firm responsible for the retro-design, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, has also designed a 50 storey highly sustainable tower to accompany Sears Tower on its south side which will draw power from the improved efficiency measures and work as a net-zero energy development.

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Sears Tower’s Chicagoan neighbour, Merchandise Mart, was an earlier example of monumental eco retrofitting in America gaining LEED Silver and becoming the world’s greenest certified commercial building. As the world’s tallest tower for 24 years, the retrofitting of Sears Tower will be a significantly larger undertaking, with all 110 stories incorporated in the changes.

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Improvements include removing all 16,000 single-pane windows and swapping with modern replacements, modernizing the tower’s 104 high speed elevators, harnessing renewable energy through turbine and solar technology, introducing green roofs to reduce storm water run-off and improve insulation as well as creating the world’s tallest vistas for tenants and upgrading facilities throughout to use more efficient technology.
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Cliff House by Altius Architecture – Amazing Cottage With Spectacular Nature View

June 07, 2011 By: archinhome Category: contemporary house design, lake house design

Cliff House by Altius Architecture – Amazing Cottage With Spectacular Nature View. This Cliff House is located in Muskoka Lakes, Ontario. Designed by Altius Architecture, this amazing cottage with beautiful view of lake and natural surroundings. With 3,200 sf, this house has sustainability features, such as :

* Program and Spatial Optimization
* Integration with the ‘Natural Assets’ of Site and Terrain
* Site Specific View and Vista Optimization
* Passive Solar Heating (Thermal Storage Mass)
* Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling
* Natural Daylighting
* High Performance Envelope Design
* Renewable and/or Recyclable Materials and Finishes
* Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Non-toxic Materials and Finishes
* Advanced Wood Heating Systems (ie. Contraflow Masonry Heaters)
* Radiant Heating
* Heat Recovery Ventilation
* Solar Hot Water Systems (Domestic and In Floor Radiant Heating)
* Solar Electric (photovoltaic or PV systems)
* Wastewater Heat Recovery
* Low Energy Lighting & Appliances (LED, CFL lighting and Energy Star appliances)
* Water Conserving Appliances & Fixtures (low flow/ dual flush toilets)
* Green Roof Systems

Designed for an off-grid property, this cottage will feature a hybrid wood/solar radiant heating system with propane backup. Evacuated tube solar arrays will fill mass store tanks that feed a hydronic radiant floor system. This system will supplement a passive gain and solar mass strategy. Summer cooling is through solar shading and passive stack effect ventilation. A series of photovoltaic panels provides the buildings on the property with electricity. Large overhangs control the solar gain while green roofs mediate temperatures and control runoff.

Cliff House by Altius Architecture - Amazing Cottage With Cpectacular Nature View
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