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Structures so green they give back to the environment

Post Time:Aug 20,2008Classify:Industry NewsView:189

While Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification measures and rewards a reduction in energy use, for instance, the architects behind the next-generation, beyond-LEED structures, called “carbon neutral” or “regenerative,” are aiming for designs that use no energy at all—to be energy positive or net-zero. The green building of the future doesn’t just do less harm to the environment; it improves it. It won’t just save energy; it will create it. Buildings are not only about to breathe like people—they’ll also give back like good Samaritans.

One structure on which Rocky Mountain Institute, Boulder, Colo., consulted that has not yet broken ground looks like a long lost hanzi, or Chinese character. Dubbed Energy Plus and planned for the occasionally dreary Gennevilliers area of Paris, the structure’s arms jut out at awkward angles, maximizing exposure to the sun. It will hold 10,800 square meters of photovoltaic cells on the roof—the largest building-integrated solar array in the world—and the Seine River’s water will be used for cooling purposes; no air conditioner needed.

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