HCC Pālamanui Campus Receives Top LEED Rating for Sustainable Design – Big Island Now


Big Island Now

HCC Pālamanui Campus Receives Top LEED Rating for Sustainable Design
Big Island Now
The Hawaiʻi Community College – Pālamanui (Hawai'i CC – Pālamanui) campus in West Hawai'i has earned a platinum rating for Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) from the U.S. Green Building Council. Platinum is the highest rating …

A Super Green Building Planned for Brussels

ext

Architect Vincent Callebaut is well-known for his ambitious sustainable architecture project proposals, and this latest one that he’s proposing for the EU city of Brussels is no exception. His plans call for turning the city’s industrial area of Brussels into a sustainable community. They plan to renovate existing buildings, as well as build new high-rises, which would be equipped with a wide array of sustainable features.

side

Callebaut’s plans call for the building of three high-rises, which would have a total floorspace of 915,000 sq ft (85,000 sq m). These buildings would feature a slide-like shape and rise to a max height of 328 ft (100 m). The roof would be clad in solar panels, while the balconies could be used to grow fruits and vegetables.

The plans also include the renovation of the old Marine Terminal, which measures 538,000 sq ft (50,000 sq m) to serve the communities needs. It would be divided up into different areas, and would feature several geodesic domes that would house restaurants, bars and other structures. There would also be raised pods made from CLTs that would serve as meeting spaces. Retail and office spaces would be housed in another set of CLT structures. It would also be possible to attach small greenhouses to the exterior of the buildings.

greehouse

Among the green tech planned for this project are the already mentioned large solar power arrays, wind turbines, airtight building envelopes, natural ventilation, and rainwater collection systems. They calculated that the complex would generate 186 percent of its annual electricity requirements, and this surplus would then me used to power the historic buildings in the area, as well as any planned future developments.

solar

We will, however have to wait and see whether this project gets picked up by the city’s planning commission.

Eco-Resorts Going up in the Azores

ext

The Azores, a group of gorgeous islands just off the coast of Portugal, has seen increased tourism in recent years. However fortunate that maybe, it also presents a problem for the environment, so in a bid to retain the unspoiled state of the landscape, the local Tourism and Agribusiness Development Company of the Azores (TADA) has come up with a way to preserve it. They will be developing eco-resorts across the islands, which will be sustainable and have a minimal footprint.

side

The resorts will basically be made up of solar powered cabins, which they are calling the Eco Pods. They are currently planning to build six of these eco-resorts and the first is already under construction in the Vila Franca Do Campo Region of São Miguel Island. It’s set to open in the summer of 2017.

view

The resort will feature an as yet undisclosed number of Eco Pods. The smallest of these will measure 161 sq ft (15 sq m) and will feature a sleeping area and a sitting area, along with a small food preparation space. The pod will be equipped with a fridge, a coffee machine and a TV. The bathroom will be located outside and will be heated by an external wood burner.

intsmall

There will also be a few 215 sq ft (20 sq m) Eco Pods. These will have all of the above, but the bathroom will be an inside one. The largest of the Eco-Pods making up the resort will measure 322 sq ft (30 sq m) and will feature all of the above as well as a small kitchenette.

All the EcoPods are prefabricated and raised off the ground on stilts that are made from recycled electricity poles. Among the other materials used for the construction are locally-sourced pumice stone, windows made from recycled plastic bottles, and timber that is grown locally. The cabins will be powered by a solar panel array. The Eco-Pods currently have normal toilets with septic tanks installed, though the plan was to equip them with composting toilets, which sadly fell through.

The Eco-Pods are built to withstand high-winds and earthquakes, while TADA also plans to put the designs to use for other purposes, such as disaster relief housing, or garden pavilions.

pod2

Seagate Hotel & Spa Reduces Energy Use Nearly 20 Percent, Achieves LEED Certification – Hospitality Technology

Seagate Hotel & Spa Reduces Energy Use Nearly 20 Percent, Achieves LEED Certification
Hospitality Technology
Honeywell's expertise helped the Seagate achieve LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a U.S. Green Building Council designation that rates buildings for their design, construction, operation and maintenance and reward the …

Seagate Hotel & Spa Reduces Energy Use Nearly 20 Percent, Achieves LEED Certification – Hospitality Technology

Seagate Hotel & Spa Reduces Energy Use Nearly 20 Percent, Achieves LEED Certification
Hospitality Technology
Honeywell's expertise helped the Seagate achieve LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a U.S. Green Building Council designation that rates buildings for their design, construction, operation and maintenance and reward the …