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
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
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
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 Less
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 m² 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