Design

Cloud-Based Collaboration for City Planning: Kimon Onuma at TEDxAmericasFinestCity

Kimon Onuma, FAIA, has been practicing architecture for three decades; building informed environments, ecosystems and cities. His firm is one of the first to use Building Information Modeling (BIM) on a large scale master planning project nearly two decades ago. His firm’s award winning BIMStorms are cloud-based tools and processes used for city planning and...

Solve for X: Nicholas Chim (Founder Flux Factory) – Sustainable Architecture at Scale

As the global population continues to increase, we face two huge problems: housing and climate change. Moonshot pioneer Nicholas Chim plans to use software and open-sourcing to design new buildings at a rate fast enough to support our growing population.

Cradle to Cradle Certified Solar Panels

Solar panels are usually considered a clean way of generating power, and this development makes them even more sustainable. The world’s first and only Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified solar panels were launched last month by the US-based SunPower Corporation. All panels produced at its plant in Mexicali, Mexico, have achieved the silver level award,...

Winning with Life-Cycle Assessment

This session will provide an overview of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), related requirements for LEEDv4, and the Revit application Tally as a tool for analyzing and reporting LCA throughout design and construction. LCA is a relatively new process in building design and construction aimed at reducing a building’s impact on the environment, and offers another...

LEED to Recognize Living Building Challenge Energy & Water Requirements

Press release via USGBC .. April 3, 2015 (Washington, DC) – The U.S. Green Building Council announced today that it will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge (the Challenge) green building system within the LEED green building program. “USGBC and the International Living Future Institute, developers of the Living Building...
Cradle to Cradle Inspired Buildings

Cradle to Cradle Inspired Buildings

Our aim is to design buildings like trees and cities like forests. The Cradle to Cradle concept drives the design of the built environment toward a beneficial footprint that goes beyond sustainability. In this sense, the projects seek effectiveness instead of efficiency-which only means reducing the bad impacts on the occupants and the environment. Our...
Wizards of Weather - New Tools for Predicting the Effects of Climate Change

Wizards of Weather – New Tools for Predicting the Effects of Climate Change

 Wizards of Weather – New Tools for Predicting the Effects of Climate Change Promise Better-Performing and more Adaptable Buildings via Architectural Record Architects and engineers must consider a building site’s climate to create structures that efficiently keep occupants comfortable. There are, however, basic deficiencies in the weather data that they commonly plug into energy simulations....
Webinar - The Bullitt Center: Meeting the Living Building Challenge

Webinar – The Bullitt Center: Meeting the Living Building Challenge

The Bullitt Center, a six-story heavy timber building recently completed in Seattle, is predicted to be the world’s most energy-efficient commercial building. It has been designed to last 250 years and to achieve the highest benchmark of building sustainability—Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification. A performance-based certification program, the LBC requires buildings to be evaluated after...
URBANMODELING [v2.0] for Rhino Released

URBANMODELING [v2.0] for Rhino Released

Umi is a Rhino-based design environment for architects and urban planners interested in modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities with respect to operational and embodied energy use, walkability and daylighting potential. Umi is being developed by the Sustainable Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with support from a National Science Foundation...
Heron Hall – A Living Building Home

Heron Hall – A Living Building Home

Designed by the founder of the Living Building Challenge and CEO of the International Living Future Institute, Jason F. McLennan. Pursuing all petals of the Living Building Challenge 2.1 and destined to become one of the world’s greenest homes. Check out http://heronhall.softfirmstudios.net/ to find out more about the design and design philosophy. I am especially...
The Wood Innovation and Design Centre

The Wood Innovation and Design Centre

It is a beautiful building indeed, the charred wood on the facade is really interesting … The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) is the tallest wood building in Prince George and the tallest contemporary wood building in North America. Completed in October 2014, the WIDC is a six-storey plus mechanical penthouse, 29.5 metre-high structure...
Webinar: The New IES-Approved Daylight Metrics

Webinar: The New IES-Approved Daylight Metrics

Here are the slides and a recording of my October 23rd AIA San Francisco and IBPSA webinar on the New Daylight Metrics. Download slides here