The 2018 Super Bowl stadium in Minnesota offsets 100% of its energy

January 26, 2018 by  
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The NFL’s Super Bowl LII kicks off next Sunday—but football won’t be the only thing on our mind when the game begins. This year’s championship game will be held in Minneapolis, the northernmost American city to ever host a Super Bowl, at the LEED Gold-certified U.S. Bank Stadium . Designed by American architecture firm HKS , the energy-efficient NFL stadium is home to the Minnesota Vikings, and it offsets 100% of its electricity with renewable energy credits and employs energy-efficient technologies. Minneapolis’ snowy winter climate presented a major challenge in designing the 1.8 million-square-foot U.S. Bank Stadium. The sculptural shape of the stadium, which features a jagged form evoking ice formations and Viking longboats, was designed in response to environmental conditions: the asymmetrical steep roofline efficiently sheds snow, while southern exposure is maximized for increased snow melting capability. Inspired by traditional Nordic dwellings, the stadium’s lightweight roof uses a single steel truss and is covered with ETFE —the first ETFE roof in a U.S. stadium—to allow solar thermal heating and natural daylight. It has the added benefit of letting the visitors feel as if they’re sitting outside. In addition to translucent ETFE, high-performance glass wraps around part of the stadium to further minimize the need for artificial lighting. Zinc cladding envelops the majority of the building – this material was chosen for its low maintenance and durability. The form of the building optimizes air circulation, which draws captured heat from a “heat reservoir” down to the seating bowl. In the summer, the flow of air risers is reversed to take advantage of the “stack effect” , which ventilates heat at the top of the building while drawing in cool air from below. Related: The 50th Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium will be a net-zero energy game Heat recovery, air handling units, efficient ventilation, and high-efficiency motors reduced the U.S. Bank Stadium’s energy costs by 16 percent as compared to Minneapolis’ smaller Metrodome, the former home of the Vikings. Lighting was also reduced by 37 percent thanks to the installation of LED sports lighting. The stadium has implemented a sustainability program and is working towards becoming a zero-waste facility. Super Bowl LII will take place Sunday, February 4 at the U.S. Bank Stadium featuring the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. + HKS Images via HKS

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HKS Redevelops One Dallas Center into Their LEED Platinum Global Headquarters

February 12, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of HKS Redevelops One Dallas Center into Their LEED Platinum Global Headquarters Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , architecture firm , architecture office , Dallas , eco design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green redevelopment , green renovation , hks , hks architects , hks headquarters , LEED platinum , one dallas center , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , Urban design        

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Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup

February 12, 2014 by  
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San Francisco is world-famous for its clam chowder, but a new report from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Board threatens to make the city notorious for another, less appetizing kind of soup. In their annual assessment, “ Pulse of the Bay ,” researchers found significant levels of pesticides, herbicides, flame retardants, and a host of other nasty chemicals in the water. While none of the toxins were marked with the highest designation of concern, several were assigned the level directly below and show no signs of decreasing. Read the rest of Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alkylphenols , chemical regulation , clam chowder , insecticide contamination , mercury , pbde flame retardants , perfluoro-octane sulfate , pesticide cotamination , polybrominated diphenyl ether , pulse of the bay , pyrethroids , San Francisco , san francisco bay , san francisco bay regional water quality board , toxic chemicals , toxic soup , united states        

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{Live Between} is an Extreme Mobile Pod Hotel That Lets You Sleep Next to a Skyscraper

April 5, 2012 by  
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HKS designs nature-inspired sustainable tower for ITC

November 11, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable tower responds to the natural environment. Acknowledging the value of ITC’s focus on sustainability HKS has proposed a green tower that will serve as the new Corporate Tower for the company. Standing 26-storys tall, the one million square-feet tower will be building in the city of Bangalore in India and will aim to achieve a LEED Platinum certification for the use of sustainable elements.

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Toronto working on garbage trucks that are powered by garbage

November 11, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Biogas-capable garbage trucks will be powered by waste. Using landfills to generate electricity is not a new concept for the City of Toronto. The city is now taking the energy generating capability of waste to a new level, by working on a garbage truck that can run on biogas generated from garbage

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