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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,energy efficiency,gallery | No Comments

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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 [5] 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 [6] mitigate the need for structural columns, and the lintel-free ceilings [7] allow natural light to penetrate deep into the building.

Taking their commitment to sustainability (and attainability) one step further, UN Studio [8] 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 [1] today!

+ UN Studio [2]

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[1] German Sustainable Building Council: http://www.dgnb.de/dgnb-ev/de/

[2] UNStudio's Center for Virtual Engineering: http://www.unstudio.com/projects/zve-fraunhofer-institute

[3] Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft: http://www.iao.fraunhofer.de/index.php

[4]  : http://inhabitat.com/unstudio-center-for-virtual-engineering-zve-earns-gold-sustainability-certification/un-studio-zve-frauenhofer-1/?extend=1

[5] natural ventilation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_ventilation

[6] Bubble deck ceilings: http://www.bubbledeck-uk.com/pdf/BDOverview9-03.pdf

[7] lintel-free ceilings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lintel_(architecture)

[8] UN Studio: http://inhabitat.com/unstudio-unveils-green-roofed-library-of-the-future-for-belgium/

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