Natural light floods this solar-powered business school in Frankfurt

October 26, 2017 by  
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According to the World Green Building Council , students score higher on tests and learn up to 26% faster when placed in rooms lit by natural light. Danish practice Henning Larsen Architects took this report to heart when they designed the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, a light-filled academic building that officially opens today. Powered by solar and wind energy, this sustainability-minded business school takes cues from its urban surroundings while setting “new standards for transparent and open learning in the world of business and finance.” Transparency, community, and visibility are key to the design of the 32,790-square-meter Frankfurt School of Finance & Management . To open the school up the urban setting, the architects centered the development around the Street of Knowledge, a long public atrium that echoes The Zeil, one of Frankfurt’s oldest commercial streets. A wide variety of glass-fronted rooms branch off on either side of the Street of Knowledge in two north-south facing volumes that reinforce the atrium’s likeness to a real city street. Above the third floor terrace, these two parallel buildings turn into five offset towers of flexible 400-square-meter office units. Designed to the DGNB Platinum standard, the school reduces demands of primary energy by 60 percent as compared to the German energy saving ordinance (EnEV) standards. Computer simulations and calculations led the architects to optimize the building shape and facade, constructed with a mix of opaque and transparent elements, early on in the design process to minimize energy needs, solar radiation, noise pollution, and wind. Rooftop photovoltaics and a wind turbine supplement energy needs, while rainwater retention systems slow the effects of intense rainfall. The skylight and careful building orientation maximize access to natural light . Related: Frankfurt named the most sustainable city on the planet “As architects we know that light is one of the most important factors for learning,” said Partner and Design Principal at Henning Larsen, Louis Becker. “It helps improving our focus and performance. My hope and ambition is that the varied daylight-filled spaces we have created for Frankfurt School of Finance & Management will contribute to the important task of educating students that will excel within their field and give something back to the city of Frankfurt.” + Henning Larsen Images by Henning Larsen/Karsten Thormaehlen

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Coop Himmelb(l)au unveils Flying Garden Tower for Frankfurt’s airport district

February 4, 2015 by  
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Sustainable design is on the horizon at one of Europe’s most active transportation hubs. The Flying Garden Tower , designed by Austria’s Coop Himmelb(l)au studio, will be built in the Frankfurt airport ‘s Gateway Gardens development area. Standing at 67 meters in height, the elliptic glass tower with its many “flying” gardens will be visible from anywhere in the airport district. Read the rest of Coop Himmelb(l)au unveils Flying Garden Tower for Frankfurt’s airport district Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Coop Himmelb(l)au , energy efficient building , flying garden , Flying Garden Tower , flying gardens , FRANKFURT , Frankfurt airport , Frankfurt airport tower , Frankfurt Gateway Gardens , Frankfurt glass flying garden tower , Gateway Gardens district , German airport , glass tower , passive solar , passive solar building , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

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Asif Khan creates spectacular furniture with flowers

February 4, 2015 by  
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Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

July 9, 2014 by  
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Casa FENIX Provides Solar-Powered Shelter that Evolves Over Time to Victims of Natural Disaster

July 9, 2014 by  
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EVs Make Impressive Showing at Frankfurt Auto Show

September 23, 2013 by  
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Electric vehicles were a dominant theme at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, with everyone from Volkswagen to Mercedes rolling out plug-in models.

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Sexy Hybrid Concept Coupé Previews Volvo’s Future

August 30, 2013 by  
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Volvo has unveiled its latest concept car, the Concept Coupé, which is a new hybrid vehicle that takes styling elements from Volvo’s past and at the same time previews the car manufacturer’s future. Volvo is calling the Concept Coupé its next-generation P1800 and it is also the first of three concept cars that reveal the design possibilities of its new Scalable Product Architecture. Read the rest of Sexy Hybrid Concept Coupé Previews Volvo’s Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , electric motor , hybrid concept , volvo , volvo concept , volvo concept coupe , volvo hybrid concept , volvo P1800        

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MIT Study: Air Pollution Kills 200,000 Annually

August 30, 2013 by  
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A new study from MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment finds that air pollution causes 200,000 early deaths every year in the United States. The team examined ground-level emissions from industrial power plants, vehicle tailpipes, commercial and residential heating and other sources to reach the conclusion. The worst state for air pollution is California with an early mortality figure of 21,000, while Baltimore is the city with the highest emissions-related mortality rate — 130 out of 100,000 residents die annually from air pollution. Read the rest of MIT Study: Air Pollution Kills 200,000 Annually Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , emissions , exhaust , industrial pollution , MIT study , power plants , premature deaths , respiratory health , road transportation , united states , vehicle emissions        

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Volkswagen Unveils its First Electric Vehicle – the e-up!

March 14, 2013 by  
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Volkswagen just took the wraps off its first ever production electric vehicle – the e-up! Unveiled today at the Annual Press and Investors Conference in Wolfsburg, the four-seater e-up! is powered by an 81 horsepower electric motor and an 18.7 kWh lithium-ion battery , and it has a 93 mile driving range, which makes it ideal for commuters. Read the rest of Volkswagen Unveils its First Electric Vehicle – the e-up! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , electric motor , electric vehicle , green car , green transportation , lithium ion battery , volkswagen , volkswagen e-up! , Volkswagen electric vehicle

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New Bio-Solar Panels Are Made from Cotton and Castor Beans

March 14, 2013 by  
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A new type of solar panel component, developed by California-based solar company  BioSolar , is made from a material derived from cotton and castor beans. Called BioSolar Backsheets, these products are non-toxic , more durable and less expensive to make than their petroleum-based counterparts. Bio-based solar backsheets won USDA BioPreferred Certification and are now available for commercial purchase. Read the rest of New Bio-Solar Panels Are Made from Cotton and Castor Beans Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “solar energy” , BioSolar Backsheets , castor beans solar panels , cheap solar panels , cotton solar panels , green technology , photovoltaic cells , renewable energy sources , solar industry , solar panels , Solar Power

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