LEED Platinum Stockman Bank harvests rainwater and solar power in Missoula

June 26, 2020 by  
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In Montana’s historic downtown Missoula, a Stockman Bank branch has recently earned LEED v4 Core and Shell Platinum certification — the second building in the U.S and the fifth worldwide to receive such accreditation. Designed by Billings-based architecture firm Cushing Terrell , Stockman Bank’s Missoula location boasts energy-efficient and energy-saving systems throughout, from high-performance glass and solar arrays to an innovative on-site rainwater system that provides 100% of average annual water use for toilet and urinal flushing. The six-story bank uses 75% less energy and 69% less water than a comparable office building. Certified LEED v4 Platinum in September 2019, Stockman Bank’s downtown Missoula branch spans 67,753 square feet across six floors, two of which are used as parking with space for 137 vehicles, covered bicycle parking and electric vehicle charging systems. The top three building levels include outdoor terraces, while the sixth-floor rooftop level features a lush garden space that can be used for meetings, entertaining and community activities. The roof level overlooks panoramic views of Missoula and the surrounding valleys and is also topped with a 48.75 KW photovoltaic array with 150 solar panels that provide 11% of the building’s energy. Related: Solar-powered Lowell Justice Center will be Massachusetts’ first LEED Platinum courthouse Despite the building’s inclusion of high-tech, energy-saving technology, the bank’s appearance is firmly rooted in the local vernacular respectful of its historic district location. The masonry exterior uses brick and quarried granite from South Dakota as well as cast stone detailing and a high-performance glass curtain wall that floods the interior with natural light. Approximately 70% of recycled material was used in the steel frame construction.  In addition to rainwater harvesting and solar panels , the bank includes an open-loop ground source heat pump system and chilled beams as well as energy-efficient elevators with regenerative braking to recoup electricity in descent. + Cushing Terrell Photography by Heidi Long via Cushing Terrell

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European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System

January 2, 2013 by  
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Image: High-speed commuter train via Shutterstock In Europe, approximately half of the continent’s trains are electric. However, a new regenerative braking system developed by Tognum daughter MTU could soon see all rail vehicles as hybrids. The system is being trialled in Germany where the world’s first hybrid train now runs between Aschaffenburg and Miltenberg. As the 37 km long route has 14 stops, it is very easy for the braking system to recharge the train’s batteries with power. If the system proves to be a success, it is then hoped that all the trains, whether they run on diesel or electric motors, will become hybrids. Read the rest of European Trains Could Soon Become Hybrids Thanks to Regenerative Braking System Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: batteries , electric trains , green energy , hybrid trains , hybrid vehicles , power packs , rail vehicles , regenerative braking , Siemens Desiro Classic VT 642 locomotive , Tognum Daughter MTU , world’s first hybrid train

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Posche 911’s next iteration to make use of advanced KERS

May 19, 2011 by  
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Dattatreya: Yes, KERS has struck again! And this time, it’s not at all related to Formula 1 racing.

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Aston Martin set to launch Toyota IQ-inspired, all electric Cygnet

May 19, 2011 by  
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Dattatreya: No, please don’t bring James Bond into this, as the Aston Martin we are going to harp about, is not even close to the DB series, or for that matter to any sportscar. Rather it will be an electric cousin to the petite yet luxury city car Cygnet, which in itself is derived from the Toyota IQ

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Volkswagen’s Golf blue-e-motion on Display at Detroit Auto Show 2011

January 10, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Volkswagen’s Golf blue-e-motion on Display at Detroit Auto Show 2011 http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2011 detroit auto show , detroit auto show car , eco-friendly vehicles , electric car , electric golf , electric volkwasgen , green car , green transportation , green vehicles , lithium ion battery , lithium ion battery cars , personal electric vehicle , petrol free cars , regenerative braking , volkswagen golf , volkswagen golf blue electric , vw golf , VW golf blue e motion

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SBU V2.0 – Battery-driven unicycle touts superior balancing algorithms

October 14, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Gyro-stabilized vehicle relies on integrated alloy hub electric motor for impulsion. Folks at Focus Designs have announced the arrival of SBU V2.0 – an all-new, completely redesigned, electric, self-balancing unicycle

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