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R.W. Kern Center, Hampshire College – Amherst, MA

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Building: R.W. Kern Center
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Address: 893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002
Architect: Bruner/Cott & Associates, Inc.
Civil Engineer: The Berkshire Design Group
Landscape Designer: Richard Burck & Associates
LBC Consultants: Integrated Eco Strategy
Construction Manager: Wright Builders
Electrical Engineer: RW Sullivan
Geotechnical Engineer: O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Associates
Lighting Designer: Lewis
Lighting Design: Kohler & Lewis Engineers
Structural Engineer: Foley Buhl Roberts & Associates
Other: CutlerStrategic Building SolutionsSouth Mountain Company, AM Fogarty, Rybak Engineering, Coldham & Hartman Architects, Kalin Associates
Size: 17,000 sq. ft.
Completed: 2016

AE Interest: Huge collaborative effort among many different firms.  Designed to meet the Living Building Challenge; it achieves net zero energy and water and was built without red list products. 90% of construction waste diverted from landfill. Rainwater and grey-water collection systems. Solar roof. Natural light in every space. Passive and active ventilation systems. Compost collection system. Storm-water recharge system.
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Written by Victor Butcher

November 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Posted in Built

The Centre for Sustainable Development – Montreal, Canada

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Building: The Centre for Sustainable Development
Location: Montreal, Canada
Address:  50 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H2X 3V4, Canada
Architect: Menkes Shooner Dagenais Letourneux
Structural Engineers: Pasquin St-Jean et Associés
MEP Engineer: Bouthillette Parizeau
Project Manager: Services CGP inc.
LEED Consultant: Lyse M. Tremblay
Size: 14,000 sq. ft. lot, 5 Floors
Completed: 2012

AE Interest:
First building Quebec to achieve LEED Platinum. They claim the building serves as a model and reference for anyone interested in environmental protection with respect to construction. Makes use of a plenum ventilation system, air circulates below the raised floor which requires much less energy than traditional HVAC. Geothermal heating and cooling system: 28 geothermal wells that lie 152 metres underneath. Living walls for improved indoor air quality. Built with recycled materials and reclaimed wood,. 90% of construction waste recycled. Waterless and low-flow plumbing, along with rainwater capture system and green roof.
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Written by Victor Butcher

November 9, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Posted in Built