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Simple Ecological Planning with Vectorworks

Today's clients often ask for more than an appealing design; they also want their buildings to be eco-friendly and sustainable. The following projects created with Vectorworks software - themselves merely a small selection among countless examples - show how the two go hand in hand.

NYC Subway Goes Solar
For the largest above-ground station in the New York City subway system, Brooklyn's Kiss + Cathcart architects designed an innovative panelized construction system of semi-transparent photovoltaic modules to generate solar energy. Show More

Honorable Mention recipient: Top Ten Green Projects Awards
Coney Island's Stillwell Avenue Terminal is the largest above-ground station in the New York City subway system. For the reconstruction of this major intermodal terminal, Kiss + Cathcart has designed a 76,000-square-foot glass and steel structure using an innovative, panelized construction system of semi-transparent photovoltaic modules. These solar modules function both as enclosure and a source of approximately 250,000 kilowatt hours per year in energy, the equivalent of the usage of approximately 40 single family houses. This project was chosen as an Honorable Mention in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Project Awards for 2007.

 

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Ecologic Campus
For the local Red River College Campus, Corbett Cibinel Architects in Winnipeg, Canada designed a sustainable concept for a new learning centre on a brownfield site. Show More

"Green" architecture and historic conservation
Red River College Campus is a state-of-the-art business, multi-media, and information technology learning centre. The project was built on a brownfield site. The Campus is the largest project to meet C-2000 Federal Sustainable Development performance standards and exceeds CBIP standards, which includes energy efficiency 47 percent better than the Model National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings. This was achieved through numerous measures including the installation of: high efficiency condensate gas boilers, spectrally selective glazing systems, a 12.8 kW building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) array south façade curtain wall, and extensive access to natural light.

 

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Green Building in the Botanic Garden
Sydney's Kennedy Associates Architects' goal was to set the benchmark for future buildings on the estate at the Botanic Garden in Sydney and to provide a unique multi-function facility, which meets high standards in terms of ecological sustainability within a very modest budget. Show More

Bowden Centre won Australia's most prestigious architecture awards
The Bowden Centre, completed in February 2007, is a new educational and multipurpose resource building at Mt. Annan Botanic Garden, Sydney, NSW, Australia. The building's primary purpose is to provide a teaching facility for the numerous school groups who visit the garden every year. However, the facility has also been designed to accommodate a broad range of other activities, from seminars to weddings. A high standard of ecological sustainability within a very modest budget was achieved through, amongst other things, siting the new building in the location of an existing structure, recycling the steel structure and aluminum windows from the earlier building, the thermal management of the building via a ground-coupled, water-based air conditioning system, and the inclusion of a series of plywood-clad, vertical wall openings that act as alternatives to conventionally glazed windows. Kennedy Associates Architects are proud recipients of the 2008 Sulman Award for Public Architecture and the 2008 Architecture Award for Sustainable Architecture for this project.
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Sustainability Pays Off
A new resource-efficient building was constructed for Darmstadt Technical University based on the designs of the Stuttgart architects Knoche. In January 2009, the design was awarded the German Sustainable Building Certification. Show More

Lichtwiese Campus of Darmstadt Technical University awarded "The German Sustainable Building Certification"
Darmstadt Technical University was awarded the silver "German Sustainable Building Certification" (DGNB) for the new building now housing the Civil Engineering department on the Lichtwiese Campus. The award takes into account economic and ecological aspects as well as sociocultural, functional and technical qualities. The quality of the site was evaluated separately. The building is characterized by the regard for economic viability, spanning the entire lifecycle of the building, the use of long-lasting and ecologically compatible materials as well as the use of efficient technical building facilities.

 

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Eco-Campus in Japan
Energy-efficient buildings and carefully planned green spaces make the Sagamihara Campus of Aoyama Gakuin University near Tokyo a veritable "Eco-Campus". In comparison to a plan without such measures, CO2 emissions were reduced by more than one fifth. Show More

1700 trees for a good climate
The Sagamihara Campus of the Aoyama Gakuin University near Tokyo is comprised of 20 buildings on an area of more than 160,000 mi and provides space for about 10,000 students and staff members. Energy-saving structures and carefully planned green spaces make it a veritable "Eco-Campus". In comparison to a plan without such measures, CO2 emissions were reduced by 23 percent. In the main buildings, horizontal and vertical louvers on one side and double-glazed windows on the other ensure that the annual energy consumption for heating and cooling is 40 percent below legal requirements. The louvers also provide an additional source of daylight, minimizing power consumption. The green spaces, designed using Vectorworks, include about 1,700 large Himalayan cedars and zelkovas and make an important contribution to the good climate on the campus. ThermoRender measurements of the campus-wide surface temperature showed that the surface temperature in the tree-lined promenade, for example, is 10-15 percent lower than in other regions.

 

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Hawaii Preparatory Academy's Energy Laboratory
The Hawaii Preparatory Academy's Energy Laboratory provides students a living lab to learn about alternative energy and sustainability. The project has also won the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu 2010 Award of Excellence. Show More

Hawaii Preparatory Academy's Energy Laboratory
Award-winning firm Flansburgh Architects put its philosophy "that well-designed buildings can improve the quality of our lives" to work on the Big Island of Hawaii in the design of Hawaii Preparatory Academy's Energy Laboratory. The firm designed this 9,000-square-foot science facility with the goals of meeting the Living Building Challenge and achieving LEED Platinum certification. Conceived as a living lab where students can learn about alternative energy and sustainability from studying the building itself, the Energy Lab generates all its power from wind and photovoltaic sources, collects and filters its drinking water and wastewater, and uses radiant cooling instead of conventional air conditioning. Flansburgh used Vectorworks software in the creation of the project schematic, the design development, and the construction documents.

The project has already won several awards, including the 2010 Excellence in Sustainable Design and Development Award-Honor Award for Integrated Design/Integrated Development, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu 2010 Award of Excellence, and the AIA Honolulu 2010 Jack C. Lipman Member's Choice Award

 

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Passive House Complex by Seutin Architectes
At the end of 2011 the residence "Bois de Coquelet" near Bouge, Belgium, was finished. This design for 28 passive houses by Seutin Architectes was nominated for the Belgian Prize for Architecture and Energy 2011. Show More

Passive House Complex by Seutin Architectes
The project offers different floor plans, from single-room units to houses with up to 4 bedrooms. The architects not only focused on the energetic qualities of the building, but also on the sustainability of the building materials, meaning that the energy and resources used for the production of those materials were kept to an absolute minimum. In line with the office's Green Thinking, the existing orchard was preserved and integrated in the design for a large communal garden.

 

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