A curious multi-faceted timber box fitted with solar panels located on the quay at Marina will be in place for the next 12 months. A collaboration between the IAAC (Institute for advanced architecture of Catalonia) together with Endesa the installation is an experimental pavilion constructed under the framework of the Smart City BCN International Congress.
Alternative energy has not quite taken off in the way that perhaps twenty of thirty years ago we might have imagined despite the increase in the price of fossil fuels as well as the complex politics surrounding their extraction and exploitation. Collectively we know as a society that sooner or later new solutions are going to have to be found, and indeed many interesting projects are beginning to be developed such as the Plataforma Solúcar, in Seville Abengoa (see B-Guided #35, Spring 2008).
The ENDESA pavilion marks another step forward in this regard, open to the public during the course of one year it will be monitored and used for research purposes for the intelligent management of energy. The design is generated by its orientation with respect to the solar path, the approach is both intuitive and low-tech. A terrace opens towards the south, while the northern facing facades are hermetically closed ensuring less heat loss. The deep folds and canopies of the timber skin create both a sculpted and practical shading device.
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In recent years, multiple factors have converged to create increasing demand for green and sustainable buildings. Stricter building codes, along with LEED and other building performance systems, have boosted the call for more extensive engineering in wall systems.
Manufacturers have responded with a flurry of new products that combine distinct elements such as masonry systems and structural framing. Structural masonry and esthetic masonry have also been blended in some systems. These advances in wall systems have resulted in buildings with improved energy efficiency, structural integrity, and cost effectiveness, while also maintaining the desired appearance.
The systems approach supports the adoption of LEED, Green Star, BREEAM, and other building performance rating systems, enabling architects and specifiers to identify green building products that are backed by a reputable manufacturer, and that help projects stay on spec and budget.
Contractors and masons can more easily specify materials that save installation time, minimise callbacks, and meet some green objectives. Systems also support the needs of developers and building owners, who value LEED certification as a competitive advantage. Building owners and developers also strive to decrease expenses and increase property revenues by using durable, high-quality, and user-friendly materials.
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by Steve Hansen | SOURCEABLE