Awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s highest Green Ribbon designation in 2016, Bishop O’Dowd High School has a division strictly dedicated to sustainability. This division recommends and implements a wide range of programs to enable greater sustainability practices both on campus and in the community at large.
Part of its dedication to this directive was the creation of Bishop O’Dowd’s Environmental Studies Building. Designed by Siegel & Strain Architects and the Bishop O’Dowd sustainability team, this Zero Net Energy and Zero Net Water building was constructed in part with materials harvested from the site. The structure facilitates an hands-on environmental education program where the students learn about sustainability first hand.
Integrating both organic architectural design and sustainable building practices, the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre in Vancouver is by far the most beautiful project included in my study of deep green architecture thus far.
Designed by Perkins+Will and engineered by Integral Group, the VanDusen Visitor Centre was named the Most Sustainable Building of 2014 by World Architecture News and was Canada’s first project to apply for Living Building Certification. With LEED-NC-Platinum certification the structure was designed to be net-zero energy, net-zero waste, and net-zero water.
In photographing the VanDusen I really wanted to see if I could capture something a little bit more than had been captured in the past. Structurally the building is breathtaking, no doubt. However, could the careful addition of people into the imagery bring this space to life? I think so…
It was such an honor to photograph this site and to continue giving the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre the publicity it deserves. It is an exciting addition to my collection of Deep Green Building and has energized me to keep the project moving forward.
For the full photo shoot please visit the “New Work” gallery on my website:
I recently had the privilege to photograph DPR’s Net Zero offices in San Francisco for USGBC+ magazine. First of it’s kind in the city, this beautiful workplace has three green walls, light-sensitive skylights, and colorful, open, modern design.
Net Zero means in the course of one year this 24,000 square foot building should generate MORE power than it needs.
Seems like an excellent precedent.
Picking up where my graduate thesis left off long ago, DPR is one of the first shoots to be included in my new personal project documenting extraordinary efforts in sustainable design. Another featured project will be the Bullit Center in Seattle which is the WORLDS GREENEST COMMERCIAL BUILDING.
…quite amazing…see my previous post.
Ted van der Linden – LEED AP BD+C
Now this is something to get excited about…
The Bullit Center is an amazing demonstration in TRULY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN…no longer is less bad the only option.
Here is a list summarizing the extensive sustainability features this project demonstrates:
– Building Neurology – a computer system that is constantly monitoring and responding to the environment to ensure efficient control of heating/cooling, passive/mechanical ventilation, delighting and metabolic systems
– 575 Solar Panels to create a Net Zero Energy building
– Composting Toilets – That’s RIGHT! and it DOESN’T SMELL! or at least it didn’t when I was there…it’s AMAZING.
– Wastewater from sinks and showers are stored and then cleaned through a constructed wetland before being infiltrated back into the soil to recharge the local aquifer.
– Rainwater catchment – Eventually the building will use only the water it catches on site…they are currently working out regulations with the municipal water district…
– Central – Walk/Bike-able Location
– Natural lighting, radiant heating, active design, regenerative elevator….and much more…check out the website for the full details! http://www.bullittcenter.org/building/building-features/