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Virginia’s Discovery Elementary School – Arlington, Virginia

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Building:  Virginia’s Discovery Elementary School
Location:  Arlington, VA
Address:  5241 36th St. N Arlington, VA 22207
Architect of Record:  VMDO Architects
Landscape Architect:  Oculus
Structural Engineer:  Fox + Associates
Plumbing Engineer:  2rw Consultants
Construction Manager:  Heery
Size: 98,000 square feet
Completed:  2015

AEInterest: Net zero building, Largest net zero school in the United States, 100% LED lighting, Uses occupancy and automatic lighting controls, 1700 solar panels on the school’s roof functioning as power source and lab, Geothermal well-field under the playing fields, 2017 AIA COTE Top Ten, Two 132-gallon rain barrels that collect rainwater and used to water the school’s garden, Bioretention basins to clean and release water from the site, Cut annual energy costs almost in half compared to a school of the same size

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Written by jacksard77

November 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm

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One Angel Square – Manchester, England

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Building: One Angel Square
Location:  Manchester, England
Address: One Angel Square; Manchester; M60 0AG
Architect of Record: 3DReid: Home
Landscape Architect:Royal Haskoning
Structural and Mechanical Engineer:  BuroHappold
Contractor:  BAM Construction
Client:  Deutsche Bank
Size: 328000 square feet
Height:  238 feet
Cost:  £105 million
Completed:  2013

AEInterest: BREEAM score of 95.16%, Highest score ever under BREEAM, Double skinned facade and open atrium minimize heating and cooling loads, Air is heated or cooled in a huge basement plant room before giant fans push it up the service cores at the three corners of the atrium, Heat recovery from IT systems, Low energy LED lighting, High efficiency elevators with regenerative motors, Has own CHP plant that uses biofuel and waste cooking oil, Louvres at the top open to let heat out in the summer and close to keep heat in during winter, Rainwater recycling systems for toilet flushing and irrigation

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Written by jacksard77

November 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Posted in Built