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New Orleans BioInnovation Center – New Orleans, Louisiana

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Building: New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC)
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Design Architects: Eskew + Dumez + Ripples (NOLA-based)
Associate Architects: NBBJ
General Contractor: Turner Universal
Local General Contractor: Gibbs Construction
Mechanical & Electrical Engineers: Newcomb & Boyd
Structural/Civil Engineers: Morphy Makofsky
Landscape Architect:  Daly Sublette
Size: 4-story, 64,000 SF
Completed: August 2011
Cost: $38 million

AE Interests: Lab and office facility that obtained LEED Gold certification and uses 1/3 of  the energy used in a typical laboratory facility, annual energy costs lowered by $150,000-200,000 [a], pervious concrete in the parking lot to collect drainage from the roof and condensate from AHUs (rainwater storage system) [a], aluminum brise-soleil to allow transparency while still blocking summer solar gains (reflecting traditional use of shutters and screens in New Orleans) [a,b], double-glazed glass in conference rooms with direct access to courtyard to create civic presence and green spaces within NOBIC [b], incorporation of local artists by including recycled glass art pieces in murals throughout the building [c], “Resiliency in Design” [c].

Article: [a][b]

Video: [c]

 

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Written by Sabrina Belloso

December 6, 2017 at 9:45 am

Posted in Built

Micro Emission Sun-Moon Mansion

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Building: Micro Emission Sun-Moon Mansion
Location: China Solar Valley in Dezhou, Shandong Province, China, 2010
Local Architect: Huang Ming (founder of Himin Solar Energy Group, known as ‘Sun King’ or ‘Solar Energy Mad Man’)
Sustainability Consultant: Huang Ming (Himin Solar Energy Group)
Purpose: Fourth International Solar Cities Conference in 2010 – Hotel, exhibition centers, research facilities, meeting rooms, and convention spaces
Size: 75,000 sm                                                                                                                                              Total Cost: $740M

AE Interests: Located in Solar Valley’ (98% of energy is derived from solar power)[a]; building inspired by the sun dial [b], one of the world’s largest solar-powered structures and the world’s largest solar office building; 5,000 m2 of solar panels and more than 30 types of green building technologies (photovoltaic grid-connected power generation, photovoltaic sun shades, ceiling radiation heating refrigeration, rainwater collection) [c,d]; 88% energy cost savings; curtain walls, windows, and doors have special features that convert light into electricity [e].

Articles: [a][b][c][d][e]

 

Written by Sabrina Belloso

December 6, 2017 at 9:44 am

Posted in Built