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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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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NOAA has a plan to protect the oceans from troubling noise pollution

June 28, 2016 by  
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As if the world’s marine animals didn’t have enough to worry about — with climate change , ocean acidification, and overfishing threatening their existence — emerging research over the past several decades has also suggested that devastating “noise pollution” could be invisibly destroying their habitats. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a first of its kind roadmap for researching and managing the impact of ocean noise on marine life. Why is this so important? We’ve learned in recent decades that marine animals rely on sound to communicate with one another, navigate the waters, and generally understand their surroundings. Human activity, such as shipping, industrial work, and military exercises, can make it impossible for these majestic creatures to hear the sounds of the ocean that they rely upon to live. While research has largely focused on the impact this activity has on endangered whales , marine ecologists believe it could affect a much wider variety of organisms, including shrimp, crabs, and sea urchins. The truth is that scientists don’t really understand the scope of the problem, or how many species might be negatively impacted by human-generated noise. Global warming is also exacerbating the problem : sound travels both faster and farther through warm water, meaning that as the sea’s temperature rises, the ocean becomes noisier. NOAA has taken steps in the past to try to mitigate the impact of noise pollution on endangered species and marine mammals, but until now has handled these instances on a case-by-case basis. Mostly, this involved stopping noisy activities for a few moments when whales were spotted near work sites. This may be mildly helpful at the time, but it doesn’t address the cumulative and pervasive pollutant that noise has become. Related: Study Confirms Mass Stranding of Whales Caused by Sonar Mapping The new strategy calls for better protection of the natural soundscape within National Marine Sanctuaries, better use of NOAA’s resources to monitor noise pollution in US waters, better enforcement of marine mammal and endangered species regulations, and the promotion of quieter technologies. The last item is really key to this plan’s success, and might just have the side effect of promoting more sustainable, greener technologies. Right now, the strategy is simply a draft , and has not formally been adopted. The public is invited to submit comments on the new policies through July 1, 2016. Via The Washington Post Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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SunPower nabs record for world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel

June 28, 2016 by  
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Solar panel efficiency is the holy grail of the solar power world, and SunPower just propelled the industry further with the ” most efficient rooftop solar panel ” in the world. They held the previous record, an efficiency of 22.8 percent, but the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just confirmed their module, made from silicon , has an efficiency of 24.1 percent. According to NREL Principal Scientist Keith Emery, the module tested had an aperture area of 11310.1 cm2 (aperture area), with “a power of 272.5 watts.” The module utilizes solar cells that have a mean efficiency of 25 percent, and improves on the design of SunPower’s X-Series, which held the prior record. Related: New solar panel coating could improve efficiency by more than 30 percent SunPower built the winning photovoltaic module in their laboratory; the solar panels they currently sell have an efficiency of 22.8 percent. But according to the company , “efficiency measured in laboratory conditions has benefits in real world conditions.” Advanced efficiency means users could glean more energy and need fewer panels in the future. Sustainability is another benefit, and that doesn’t just refer to the clean energy provided. If each panel provides more watts, SunPower won’t have to use as many materials like silicon and glass to construct the panels required to power a home. Therefore, there’s a smaller carbon footprint involved in panel construction. SunPower Vice President of Research, Development, and Deployment Peter Cousins said in a press release , “With greater efficiency, we can fit more watts on the roof with the outstanding reliability of the SunPower X-Series solar panel. SunPower’s world record efficiency panels offer customers the best value for energy and superior aesthetics due to our unique architecture.” The company said they want to keep pushing for efficiency higher than 26 percent as they work to “power our clean energy future.” Via Greentech Media Images via SunPower Facebook and Wikimedia Commons

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Cedar-clad Elizabeth II house in Amagansett shelters its residents from outside noise

February 9, 2016 by  
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Luciano Pia’s incredible urban treehouse protects against air and noise pollution in Turin

March 11, 2015 by  
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World’s largest indoor vertical farm will produce 2 million pounds of soil-free food in Newark

March 11, 2015 by  
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World’s First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

August 31, 2014 by  
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“Deafening” Sonic Cannons to be Used in New Oil Exploration Off U.S. East Coast

July 22, 2014 by  
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New offshore oil and gas exploration activities are set to start along the U.S. east coast after a three-decade hiatus, but a recent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) decision means that companies will be allowed to use sonic cannons as they map the ocean floor. BOEM acknowledges that whales, dolphins and turtles will be affected by the potentially deafening noise , with its own estimates stating 138,000 marine animals are at risk. Read the rest of “Deafening” Sonic Cannons to be Used in New Oil Exploration Off U.S. East Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BOEM , bureau of ocean energy management , Carolina , delaware , dolphins , echolocation , endangered species , florida , georgia , noise pollution , North Atlantic right whale , oil and gas exploration , oil rigs , seismic airgun surveys , sonic cannon , sonic cannons approved for oil exploration off US East Coast , sonography , turtles , US East Coast , whales

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Soundscraper Transforms Vibrations from City Noise Pollution into Green Energy

March 19, 2013 by  
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