Energy-plus home is a beacon of sustainability in Tel Aviv

July 17, 2018 by  
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Israeli architecture firm Geotectura recently completed a striking modern home that can produce more energy than it needs. Located in Tel Aviv , the energy-plus home — called the Eco360 — combines traditional passive design principles with improved energy-efficient systems such as solar photovoltaic panels and a gray water system. The sustainable house also embraces views of the outdoors and offers plenty of natural light. The project brief was for a modern home that could elegantly incorporate sustainable features with minimal maintenance. The client desired a house that would serve as an environmentally-friendly example for other developments. In addition to being equipped with solar panels and a gray water system, the Eco360 house also features durable and recycled materials . Aided by the mild Mediterranean climate, the energy-plus home requires little, if any, heating thanks to its highly efficient insulation and passive solar design . The energy generated from simple household items, like a hair dryer, can be enough to heat the home. Due to the client’s desires to embrace views of the sea to the west, Geotectura doesn’t face south as recommended in traditional passive solar design teachings. As a result, the architects used BIM (Building Information Modeling) to determine the optimal building envelope and positioning to harness passive design features while facing west. Related: Incredible rooftop farm takes over Israel’s oldest mall to grow thousands of organic vegetables “The client’s hope is that the house will inspire others to consider ways in which they can also use these green principles in building and that it will serve as a model of efficiency and environmental sensitivity,” wrote Geotectura in its project statement. “The house reveals and reflects the ideas of sustainability with more than 50 green design features. The hope is to raise awareness about green design challenges and solutions.” + Geotectura Via ArchDaily Images by Lior Avitan

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Midcentury, Scandinavian-inspired Canadian chalet gets a spectacular renovation

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An aging chalet in Canada that was facing demolition has been completely turned around thanks to a stunning renovation led by Montreal-based design studio Alain Carle Architecte . Originally built in the 1960s, the Maribou Residence features midcentury Scandinavian architectural influences—no doubt inspired by the rise of Alvar Aalto’s reputation during that time period. Enamored with the home’s history, the clients wanted to conserve the home’s original character while modernizing its appearance. When Alain Carle Architecte was approached for the project, the rural house had fallen into a serious state of disrepair, with several insulation and structural problems. The clients, who saw the renovation as their retirement project, sought to completely restore the home as well as the original Scandinavian -inspired design that had been obscured by past renovations. In addition to renovating and reinforcing the building envelope, the architects replaced the former flat roof with a pitched roof to emphasize the “Scandinavian essence” and to comply with local by-laws that required a pitched roofline. Another major change was the reconfiguration of the main entrance, which was relocated from the first floor to the ground floor for a shorter distance from the parking pad. The interior features a minimalist redesign with mostly white walls paired with pale timber floors and colorful furnishings. Related: A 1960s Swiss chalet is transformed into a whimsical off-grid home “For the interior, the strong elements represented by the big stone wall and the singular railing were conserved in their entirety and restored to context in a more contemporary composition,” adds Alain Carle Architecte. “The new volumetry, freeing more space in the master bedroom, will allow the addition of new fenestration opening on the landscape. On the main floor, new openings will also be made to finally give a view of the rocky landscape from the kitchen. The residence, which previously had a ‘back room’ exclusively orientated to the distant view, will then offer a multitude of framings of different landscape scales.” + Alain Carle Architecte Images via Raphael Thibodeau

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This massive Sun Ray could sustainably power 220 homes in Melbourne

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What if renewable energy infrastructure could be both functional and beautiful? Exploring that notion is Italian architectural practice Antonio Maccà, who designed ‘Sun Ray,’ a massive solar collector that could generate enough energy to power 220 Melbourne homes — with approximately 1,100 MWh of electricity produced annually. Shortlisted for this year’s Land Art Generator Initiative Melbourne design competition, the conceptual design was conceived as a symbol for the future of sustainable energy that also doubles as public artwork. Envisioned for the City of Port Phillip in Melbourne , Sun Ray consists of a series of flat mirrors — each with a single-axis tracking system — laid out in a round shape with a diameter of 279 feet and elevated atop slender steel columns. To capture the sun’s energy, Antonio Maccà tapped into linear Fresnel reflector technology, in which mirrors are used to focus sunlight onto a solar receiver. A power block tucked underground transforms the solar energy into electricity before feeding it into the city power grid. “Sun Ray is a new symbol of renewable energy, lighting the way to the State of Victoria’s zero- greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions target,” explained Antonio Maccà in his project statement. “It is also a cultural attractor for Melbourne, an investigation of light as a physical and symbolic source of illumination for life. It is a place for reflection, relaxation, learning and play — and it is a linear Fresnel reflector solar power plant that provides heat and electricity for hundreds of homes in St Kilda.” Related: This gigantic solar hourglass could power 1,000 Danish homes Residents and visitors can interact with the Sun Ray by using it as a shade canopy. The 50 primary mirror lines cast shade over the public park space, while the mirrors create a constantly changing play of light and shadow as they turn to track the sun. The winning design of the 2018 Land Art Generator Initiative Melbourne will be announced on October 11. + Land Art Generator Initiative Renderings by Antonio Maccà

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Geotectura Breaks Ground on Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building

December 16, 2011 by  
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Geotectura has broken ground on a futuristic new building designed for the Porter School of Environmental Studies which will be the first LEED Platinum project to pop up in Israel when it is complete. Already this phenomenal design is setting a soaring standard. Situated on the campus of Tel Aviv University , PSES has big ambitions to transform development in this sliver of a country so that it is significantly more ecologically-friendly. The EcoBuilding is defined by a permeable facade that brings in plenty of natural light and ventilation and acts as a “cup” that captures one of the country’s most scarce commodities – water. Although this project features pages of sustainable design techniques, including green roofs, constructed wetlands , and vertical gardens, we have highlighted just a few after the jump. Read the rest of Geotectura Breaks Ground on Israel’s First LEED Platinum Building Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , “leed” , “solar energy” , absorption chiller , brownfield restoration , chilled beam cooling , constructed wetland , eco design , EcoBuilding , geotectura , green design , green roofs , Israel , LEED platinum , photovoltaic panels , Porter School of Environmental Studies , rainwater harvesting , small carbon footprint , sustainable design , Tau , Tel Aviv University , vertical garden

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Volkswagen Will Reveal a New Electric Concept Car at the Detroit Auto Show

December 16, 2011 by  
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Volkswagen has revealed that it will show off a brand-new electric concept car at the upcoming Detroit auto show in January. The company says the car will have styling cues from the Beetle shown here but will be different from both that car and the automaker’s previous electric concept the E-Up pictured below, and that it also will not be based on any existing vehicles in VW’s lineup. Volkswagen is also planning to unveil a new hybrid Jetta at the show, which should be notable for its sudden green leanings this year. Read the rest of Volkswagen Will Reveal a New Electric Concept Car at the Detroit Auto Show Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , concept car , detroit auto show , E-Up , electric car , electric concept car , electric vehicle , green automotive design , green concept car , green transportation , green vehicle green car , Jetta hybrid , NAIAS , north american international auto show , volkswagen , Volkswagen Beetle

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