LEED hotel reimagines LA West Hollywood Sunset Boulevard

May 9, 2022 by  
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8850 Sunset Blvd. on West Hollywood ‘s Sunset Strip was the site of popular music venue The Viper Room. Now, it has been reimagined as a mixed-use, sustainable five-star hotel that retains the music venue. However, it will add restaurants, meeting space and wellness-oriented apartments. It is planned to open in 2025. The 12-story building is designed by Arquitectonica and Silver Creek Development to include 26 market rate units and eight restricted income units. The designers say the new project takes the celebrity-heavy legacy of the old Viper Room location into account by creating a re-designed venue and recording studio on site. Related: This is one of the only LEED Gold-certified hotels in Spain Even better, the new property will be sustainable. Every residence at 8850 Sunset will meet or exceed LEED standards, aiming for LEED Gold . There will be rooftop dining, an outdoor fitness center, rooftop pool and five venues for food and entertainment. It will be West Hollywood’s first five-star boutique hotel . The new development will create widened walkways to become a pedestrian-oriented gathering place. Landscaping will be drought tolerant. Furthermore, the aim is to create a sustainable mixed-use space that also serves to meet affordable housing needs for the community . Living wage jobs are promised to serve the community and commit to social and economic justice. It’s a lot to pack into one building, we’ll admit. The cafes, storefronts and the Viper Room entrance will be part of a two-story street-level part of the building. The hotel takes up the next floors up to the fifth level. Permanent residences will sit on top of the building, up to the 10th story. The 10th floor will also feature a restaurant and bar. The rooftop pool and other amenities will have panoramic views of the city. Lastly, the building will reach LEED Gold by reducing water and energy usage. Green roofs are planned for the top of the building and condo balconies will be built with continuous planters. + 8850 Sunset Boulevard Images via Luxigon

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These orgs are constructing reuse infrastructure for the built environment

November 12, 2021 by  
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The circular economy offers an elegant alternative to the siloed, short-sighted and waste-ridden reputation of the building industry.

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Morocco Pavilion is a rammed earth wonder for Dubai Expo

August 13, 2021 by  
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Casablanca-based architects Oualalou+Choi are showcasing traditional Moroccan  design and building techniques in the best way possible, by tackling an ambitious 4,000-square-meter rammed earth facade for this year’s Dubai Expo. The Morocco Pavilion is one of the largest rammed earth structures in the world, according to the designers, and will help push the technical and creative limits of traditional building materials into the contemporary age while continuing to pay tribute to the country’s unique culture and landscape. Rammed earth construction consists of taking natural raw  materials  such as earth, lime, or gravel — often collected from the building site itself — and compressing the mixture into stabilized, flat panels. The Morocco Pavilion consists of 22 stacked rectangular volumes designed to emulate typical rammed earth villages in Morocco. Completed in August 2021, it is set to open to the public by October 2021. Related: Marjan van Aubel’s solar roof couples renewable energy with beauty The pavilion itself comprises 14 separate exhibition spaces, including a traditional Moroccan restaurant, a tea room, a street food space, a shop, an event space, an office space and a lounge. These spaces congregate around a landscaped inner  courtyard  and are connected by a singular street beginning at the structure’s top floor and descending to the bottom floor. There’s also a 15-square-meter elevating platform in the building’s eastern core that provides alternative methods of travel, bringing up to 50 people at a time from the ground to the seventh floor. The 4,000-square-meter, 33-meter-high rammed earth facade isn’t just convenient by sustainable design standards, but also plays a role in  passively  regulating indoor temperature conditions once completed. Additional construction methods used in the design of the building, such as wooden interior facades that double as sunscreens, help give the Morocco Pavilion  LEED-certifiable  standards. What’s more, after the conclusion of the Dubai Expo, the pavilion will be repurposed into a housing complex complete with separate apartments, an 80-square-meter swimming pool, a fitness club and a community lounge.  + OUALALOU + CHOI Via ArchDaily Images by Archmospheres, Oualalou+Choi

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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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The Better Buildings Challenge: Putting facilities on an energy diet

May 31, 2012 by  
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Just as with a weight-loss diet, building owners are essentially united in knowing they need to use less energy — the just don’t know how to go about it. The DOE’s new Better Building Challenge aims to bring the success of Energy Star to the building market.

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Makeka Design Lab proposes a sustainable new center for IITA Research Hub

August 9, 2011 by  
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Ritu Mathur: IITA Research Hub Designed by Makeka Design Lab Makeka Design Lab has proposed a sustainable solution for the expansion of the IITA Research hub in Dar es Salaam. The new center will be an important new home to those who are working to increase food security in Africa. The new structure, with an open and naturally illuminated hall, fosters leaerning and information sharing through a careful calibration of th open and flexible work environments with enclosed private space. Picture Gallery IITA Research Hub IITA Research Hub Designed by Makeka Design Lab What takes the proposed building to the next level, besides its quality research in the field of agriculture is the fact that energy efficiency has been given utmost importance during the building phase and hence is an integral part of the building. Active and passive – both kind of energy systems are given due place in the building. As a part of active energy system, a solar panel system has been at the core of the building. The roof of the building holds the solar panels at such an angle that it maximizes efficiency of solar cells. The footprints of the building are built in such a way that they minimize the solar load on the building and shield the building from extreme heat. Though solar power will be the primary source of electricity but a sound proof generator has been installed as a backup. For cooling the building, again energy efficiency has been kept at center stage. The ventilations are of two types: wind driven ones and stack ventilation. The louvers installed just below the roof line of the building make it possible for the cold air to pass through rooms as the hot air comes out. Besides passive energy systems are inbuilt throughout the building like natural day lighting, passive ventilation, etc., are integrated throughout the building. Rain water harvesting too has been integrated into the building through the ‘V’ shaped roof and is collected in a rain water collection tank at the base of the building. From there it gets filtered through various devices and then it is recycled throughout the building. The gray water from the building will also be recycled for reuse in the building and most possibly for irrigation purposes also. Via: MakekaDesign

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