Officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen in April 2010, the John Hope Gateway just won the 2011 RICS Annual Sustainability Award thanks to its use of low-energy, waste-reducing sustainable systems. The building’s high-tech design incorporates passive building strategies as well as energy-generating renewable systems such as a biomass boiler, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels, and a wind turbine. The building’s name honors the Scottish surgeon and leading botanist who was responsible for unifying parts of the gardens.
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Edinburgh's Gorgeous John Hope Garden Gateway Wins 2011 Sustainability Award
by Ana Lisa Alperovich, 06/17/11
Inspired by its luscious natural surroundings, the magnificent John Hope Gateway at Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden was designed with social sustainability in mind. Created by award-winning Edward Cullinan Architects, the building hosts an exhibition space, a media studio, a shop, a restaurant, indoor and outdoor educational areas, and a new bio-diversity garden and information center. The groundbreaking green building makes great use of renewable energy, recycles rainwater, takes advantage of passive heating and cooling strategies, and produces little waste.
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