A historical 16th-century building in Austria gets a green makeover

March 4, 2019 by  
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When architectural studio Peter Ebner and friends was tapped to design a building with two residential units in Salzburg, Austria , the firm not only had to contend with an abandoned historic property onsite but also the challenge of pushback from the local community. Although the existing 16th-century building had been neglected for years, fear of change to the building’s historic appearance sparked anxiety among the community and drove the architects to take an especially sensitive approach. The resulting renovation and expansion includes two new floors strategically stacked above the historic part of the building to echo the roofline of the medieval Hohensalzburg Fortress. The design also integrates energy-efficient technologies to dramatically reduce the building’s power consumption. Peter Ebner and friends has dubbed the adaptive reuse project “a hidden treasure” after its secluded location and its unusual design, which merges historic and modern architecture. The original building was built in the 16th century under Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Reitenau. Despite being used for a variety of purposes over the years, the building still retains the original Prince-Archbishop’s coat of arms on one of its facades. Romanesque columns from Salzburg Cathedral can also be found on the ground floor. In contrast to the ivory-colored stucco facade of the renovated historic building, the two-story contemporary addition is wrapped in a reflective metal facade that the architects compare to an “iridescent water surface.” With two owners, the residential building features a flexible interior with rooms of various sizes and shapes that can be closed off or combined depending on intended use. “[We] wanted to create a likeness of the historical city, with its alternation of squares and lanes, open and intimate spaces,” said the architects, who were inspired by the urban planning principle of diversity championed in Vincenzo Scamozzi’s treatise ‘The Ideal of Universal Architecture.’ Related: Minimalist timber home gracefully blends into the Austrian landscape Moreover, the Hidden Treasure Gestüthalle project also boasts a reduced energy footprint. Compared to similar residential buildings in Austria, the building consumes 90 percent less power thanks to green technologies , such as an underground heat pump. + Peter Ebner and friends Via ArchDaily and Elizaveta Klepanova Images by Paul Ott via Peter Ebner and friends

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Episode 151: Hunter Lovins looks ahead, a startup accelerator guide

December 7, 2018 by  
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A group of industry leaders in the building products space including Interface, Gensler and Skanska is working on a database of low-carbon products.

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Get the ball rolling: Dow’s blueprint for unlocking carbon reductions

December 7, 2018 by  
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A Q&A with the global technology and sustainability head on the new Dow and Olympic climate collaboration.

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Europe’s circular economy competitive advantage

December 7, 2018 by  
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Just look at the trajectory of the Finnish mobile company, Nokia.

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Could plastics actually help fight climate change?

December 7, 2018 by  
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The answer is in the chemistry.

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Designing the Tesla building

November 1, 2017 by  
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As DHL, IKEA, Volvo and General Motors go, the building industry follows?

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Upcycle Wood Trim Into This Crafty DIY Sign

July 4, 2016 by  
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If you’re in need of a rustic addition to the decor in your home, look no further than your local salvage store. Among the building materials, you’ll find tons of leftover trim and molding waiting to be used. Help save this discarded wood from the…

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The quest to detox the built environment

June 10, 2015 by  
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An array of green chemistry and toxic materials guides are being rolled out in the building industry, but what will it take to help non-chemists make sense of the shift?

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 mobile apps for the building and construction industry

May 5, 2015 by  
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Whether you work in the building industry or are a backyard hobbyist, chances are that you’d rather spend more time building and less time on calculations and estimates. Luckily, many mobile apps are now available to do those tasks for you. Window and Door Guys compiled a list of the top 10 apps for the building and construction industry that can do everything from completing layouts to calculating conduit bends and fills. Click through to see all the recommended apps. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 mobile apps for the building and construction industry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building industry apps , construction apps , construction industry , infographic , mobile apps , reader submitted content , Window and Door Guys

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GreenFiber Turns Recycled Paper into Insulation

December 3, 2012 by  
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With innovative manufacturing processes and an eco-friendly edge, the company is turning cellulose insulation into a major competitor in the building products industry.

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