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UNStudio Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) Earns Gold Sustainability Certification
Posted By Tafline Laylin On June 25, 2012 @ 12:00 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,clean tech,Daylighting,Design,energy efficiency,Environment,Gallery,Innovation | No Comments
Today the German Sustainable Building Council (DNGB) will award UNStudio's Center for Virtual Engineering (ZVE) their gold certification for sustainable building at its official opening. Located on the Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft and Organization IAO campus in Stuttgart, the high-performance structure features a space-saving circular and rectangular design and operable bands of windows that together form a sawtooth facade.
An experiment in constructing offices to promote communication, experimentation and creativity, ZVE is comprised of a main curved structure with rows of horizontal windows that open to permit natural ventilation  and then extends into a more traditional rectangular space. This alternative to the grid is not only ascetically-pleasing, but also allows for a remarkably low facade to volume ratio of just 32%. Bubble deck ceilings  mitigate the need for structural columns, and the lintel-free ceilings  allow natural light to penetrate deep into the building.
Taking their commitment to sustainability (and attainability) one step further, UN Studio  used low-maintenance, separable and recyclable materials for ZVE’s skeleton, interior and facade construction. This combined with the building’s super efficient footprint and compact building volume, along with a variety of energy-saving fixtures, all culminate in an exciting and progressive design that has earned the recognition that it is receiving from DNGB  today!
+ UN Studio 
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URLs in this post:
 natural ventilation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_ventilation
 Bubble deck ceilings: http://www.bubbledeck-uk.com/pdf/BDOverview9-03.pdf
 lintel-free ceilings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lintel_(architecture)
 UN Studio: http://inhabitat.com/unstudio-unveils-green-roofed-library-of-the-future-for-belgium/
 DNGB: http://www.dgnb.de/dgnb-ev/de/
 + UN Studio: http://www.unstudio.com/projects/zve-fraunhofer-institute
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