Geothermal-powered education center anchors Louisvilles new Waterfront Botanical Gardens

February 26, 2020 by  
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A notorious old landfill in Louisville, Kentucky is being transformed into the new Waterfront Botanical Gardens, a verdant 23.5-acre site designed by architecture firm Perkins + Will . At the heart of the newly opened gardens is the 6,000-square-foot Graeser Family Education Center — also designed by Perkins + Will — that features an organic, sinuous form evocative of the nearby Ohio River. Engineered for a small environmental footprint, the energy-efficient building is powered with geothermal energy . Opened last fall as part of the first phase of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, the Graeser Family Education Center doubles as an events venue that seamlessly connects to an outdoor landscaped plaza. Because the site was used as a landfill , massive concrete supports and concrete-filled steep pipes were put underground to secure the building. Above ground, the long spans of the horizontal building are supported by a continuous, ribbon-like beam propped up with 99 pine columns that alternate with glass windows around a 300-foot perimeter. The names of the $10,000 donors to the project have been added to each column. The wood will develop a natural patina over time. Related: Perkins + Will’s KTTC building blends beauty and sustainability in Ontario The long roof overhang mitigates unwanted solar gain while the glass walls let in ample natural light and continuous views of the gardens on all sides. The building functions as the heart of all educational programming at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens and includes a large, multifunctional space for activities as well as event space with seating for about 250 people. The education center has easy access to the outdoor plaza, which has been landscaped with edible gardens, native gardens and pollinator gardens , all of which are fully accessible to visitors and feature hands-on learning. The last part of phase one is set to open in 2020 and will include the Beargrass Creek Overlook and an immersive allée. Future phases include a visitors center, an entry garden, a water filtration garden, outdoor garden spaces and a glass conservatory. + Perkins + Will Photography by James Steinkamp Photography via Perkins + Will

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Geothermal-powered Forest House showcases sustainable features in Maryland

July 13, 2018 by  
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Set on the edge of a forest conservation area in central Maryland , the Forest House is a contemporary home integrated with a wide variety of energy-efficient features. Local design firm Gardner Architects LLC designed the spacious home that responds to passive solar principles and rises to the height of the tree canopy to capture surrounding views. The sustainable technologies include geothermal energy, rooftop solar panels and rain gardens, as well as low-tech solutions like stack ventilation. Commissioned by clients who wanted a spacious home yet desired a sustainable footprint, the Forest House spans 25,000 square feet across three levels. By building upwards on the 0.6-acre wooded property, Gardner Architects sought to create a compact building footprint that would minimize site disturbance . The Forest House embraces the outdoors with covered balconies, a large roof deck that overlooks the forest, and ample low-U value glazing that wraps around the south side to maximize solar gain in winter. The upper level is cantilevered over the glazed south facade to provide shade from the harsh summer sun. The home was constructed with framing panelized off-site in a factory to reduce material waste as well as onsite construction time. The energy-efficient building envelope is bolstered with rigid insulation on the exterior to prevent thermal bridging. In addition to natural daylighting that’s brought in through the skylights and other glazed openings, the openings were carefully placed in concert with an open stair tower so as to promote stack ventilation that brings in cooling breezes. Related: 13 energy-efficient modules make up this prefab modern home in Maryland The Forest House is powered with a ballasted solar array that sits atop the roof deck. A ground source heat pump provides heating and cooling. To further reduce energy needs, the house is equipped with central DC-powered low voltage LEDs that can be controlled remotely. The project was completed in 2016. + Gardner Architects LLC Images by John Cole

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Gorgeous Pond House is a zero-energy ‘dream house’ retreat in Louisiana

August 20, 2015 by  
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Scientists Believe the Yellowstone Park Supervolcano is 250% Larger Than Previously Thought

December 11, 2013 by  
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Yellowstone photo from Shutterstock By now most people know that Yellowstone National Park lies on top of a massive supervolcano which has the potential to unleash a planet-altering eruption. However a team of researchers from the University of Utah just discovered that the volcano’s magma chamber is about 2.5 times bigger than earlier believed. It is estimated to be over 55 miles in length, containing over 200-600 cubic km of molten rock. Read the rest of Scientists Believe the Yellowstone Park Supervolcano is 250% Larger Than Previously Thought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: american geophysical union , Geothermal power , supervolcano , university of utah , Volcanos , yellowstone national park , yellowstone supervolcano        

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VolcanElectric Mask Protects Cities From Eruptions and Generates Electricity From Lava

March 14, 2013 by  
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Nicaragua Aims To Be 94% Powered By Renewable Sources By 2017

January 8, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock The Central American country of Nicaragua has never been as fortunate as its neighbors when it comes to energy reserves. In fact, most commercial electricity is generated by imported petroleum while a small portion of domestic energy is generated through hydropower and  geothermal power . However that is to change with the country’s  National Development Plan , which calls for 94% of the country’s electricity needs to be sourced from renewables by 2017 . Read the rest of Nicaragua Aims To Be 94% Powered By Renewable Sources By 2017 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , foreign oil , geothermal , Geothermal power , hydroelectric , hydropower , Latin America , National Development Plant , nicaragua , renewable energy , renewables , San Jacinto Project

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Gorgeous Light-Filled Swiss Home Overlooks Lake Lugano

September 13, 2011 by  
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Cork-Clad Treehouse Grows Roots & Intermingles with the Branches

September 13, 2011 by  
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Inhabitat Tours San Francisco’s Award-Winning LEED Gold Bar Agricole

September 13, 2011 by  
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Former Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier Will Be Turned Into an Artificial Diving Reef

September 13, 2011 by  
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Last year HMS Ark Royal , the flagship and pride of the Royal Navy, was decommissioned. The aircraft carrier was the third and final vessel of the Invincible-class to see service after it was launched into service by the Queen Mother in 1985. Since then, it has served in both the Bosnian and Iraq wars, and holds the distinction of being the fifth ship to bear the name of the infamous flagship that defeated the Spanish Armada. But enough history, news is the aircraft carrier is now set to be scuttled and turned into a massive artificial diving reef , providing a haven for divers of all experience levels. Read the rest of Former Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier Will Be Turned Into an Artificial Diving Reef Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: HMS Ark Royal , HMS Ark Royal artificial reef , HMS Ark Royal diving , HMS Ark Royal diving reef , HMS Ark Royal scuttle , HMS Ark Royal wreck the world , Torbay council committee HMS Ark Royal , torbay council committee wreck the world , wreck the world artifical reef

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