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Canmet Materials Technology Laboratory; Ontario, Canada

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Building: Canmet Materials Technology Laboratory
Location: Ontario, Canada
Architect: Diamond Schmitt
Structural Engineer: RJC Consulting Engineers
MEP Engineer: Integral (Alias Cobalt Engineers)
General Contractor: Ellisdon Corporation
Completion: January, 2011
Cost: $69 Million

AE Interest:
Certified LEED platinum in 2013; Achieved sustainable site design, indigenous plants and rainwater reuse; Clerestories bring natural light into corridors and labs; Customized orientation specific solar shading reduces glare and thermal gains; 100% fresh air ventilation [a]; Thermal collection system located on roof; 77% reduction from national median Energy Use Intensity (EUI) for building type; Just under one-third of the construction material is made from recycled materials,  44% of the construction material was harvested and manufactured within 450 miles of the site[b]; Exterior materials (zinc and glass fiber cement panels) are rated for long-term performance and interior materials are tough and robust for a long term durable building plan

 

Written by Katie Harris

November 15, 2017 at 12:11 pm

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Taipei 101 – Taipei, Taiwan

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Building: Taipei 101
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Owner: Taipei Financial Center Corporation
Architect: C.Y. Lee & Partners Architects/Planners
Structural Engineer: Evergreen Consulting Engineering; Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineer: Continental Engineering Consultants, Inc.
Completion Date: 2011
Architectural Height: 1667 ft
Occupied Height: 1437 ft

AE Interest:
Combines traditional Chinese pagoda architecture and the segmentation of a bamboo stalk into 8 story segments; The top of each segment houses mechanical floors [a];  Contains a 728 ton tuned mass damper (TMD);  LEED Platinum certification for Operations and Maintenance in 2011; Facade is double paned green glass that reflects and blocks heat gain by 50 percent; Energy efficient lights, low-flow water fixtures, custom lighting controls; A/C system consists of high efficiency ice water chillers, brine tank, and ice storage tank; Smart Elevators climb from 5th floor to 89th floor in 37 seconds equipped with constant pressure units, dampers, and ceramic brakes [b]

Written by Katie Harris

November 15, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Posted in Built