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Is Rafael Viñoly’s $44.3 Million Firstsite Arts Center Green?
Posted By Tafline Laylin On October 11, 2011 @ 9:28 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Features,is it green | 1 Comment
Although RVA made an effort to achieve a BREEAM rating  for the arts center, because the new 2010 requirements are more stringent than the earlier standards they were aiming for, they were not successful. However, they did recycle 24,000 tons of fill taken from a demolition project that occurred simultaneously with the construction of First Site’s foundations, and the Pittsburgh Corning FOAMGLAS  insulation is made from recycled glass.
A sophisticated underfloor plenum ventilation system combined with distributed mechanical plants that reduces duct runs (versus a centralized room) facilitates substantial energy servings. And, as we noted previously , the building is so well-lit naturally that it is unnecessary to use artificial lighting during daylight hours. All of the timber used within the building is FSC certified , and the golden envelope metal is also made of recycled materials. The concrete used contains blast furnace slag , which is basically a re-used by-product of iron and steel production, and much of the waste generated during construction, including both metal and plasterboard, was recycled.
Finally, in order to protect the Scheduled Ancient Monument , RVA opted for a single volume that did not require deep foundations. This means that in the future, if the building has to be demolished, it will be easy to remove and recycle the existing materials, further reducing the overall amount of waste generated by this project. So, you be the judge? Is the Firstsite Arts Center  a golden blunder or is it a sterling achievement in sustainable design ?
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URLs in this post:
 Rafael Viñoly Architect's: http://www.rvapc.com/
 mixed-use development: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed-use_development
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/10/firstsite-rafael-vinoly-2.jpg
 BREEAM rating: http://www.breeam.org/
 Pittsburgh Corning FOAMGLAS: http://www.foamglas.com/
 as we noted previously: http://inhabitat.com/a-golden-banana-rafael-vinolys-firstsite-arts-center-finally-opens-with-mixed-reviews/
 FSC certified: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Stewardship_Council
 blast furnace slag: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_granulated_blast_furnace_slag
 Scheduled Ancient Monument: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheduled_monument
 Firstsite Arts Center: http://www.firstsite.uk.net/
 sustainable design: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_design
 Richard Bryant: http://www.richardbryant.co.uk/richardbryant-mr/home.htm
 Hayes Davidson: http://www.hayesdavidson.com/
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