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"Target Issues"

Resource and environmental performance – Planet

Utility and aesthetics: The design for a land port of entry between the United States and Canada …
Utility and aesthetics: The design for a land port of entry between the United States and Canada achieved the feat of combining supreme functionality with elegance – and incorporating a high degree of sustainability. This project designed by Julie Snow and Matthew Kreilich (Minneapolis, USA) won the Holcim Awards Bronze 2011 North America, was completed in April 2013, and meets the US Green Building Council LEED Gold criteria.

Definition – Resource and environmental performance – Planet

Projects must exhibit a sensible use and management of natural resources throughout their entire life cycle. Long-term environmental concerns, especially pertaining to stocks and flows of material and energy, should be an integral part of the design philosophy.

  • Minimizing a project’s ecological footprint and maximizing its positive impact on the environment; reduction of harm and increase of beneficial effects.
  • Environmentally-conscious land use strategies and policies that preserve the natural landscape, while taking water and land reclamation into account.
  • Emphasis placed on the use of renewable energy in construction, use and upkeep of the built fabric to reduce CO2 emissions and avoid toxicity.
  • Innovative deployment of material resources in construction with an emphasis on cradle to cradle cycles, mining existing building stocks and reduction of waste.
  • Resilient products, robust construction details, smart interaction of building systems and environmentally sound technologies.
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