Check out these great looking renderings from STUDIOS architects of the major restoration effort for the historic AIA headquarters building. Even from looking at the renderings you can tell there is a major green element to the design, and given AIA’s leadership position, they are definitely leading by example!
At the completion of construction, the renovation will reduce the building’s carbon-based energy consumption by at least 60%. This aggressive energy reduction requires the use of passive strategies such as natural ventilation and day-lighting. Both will be accomplished through three vertical light and air shafts through the building.
The energy reduction will also require the manipulation of the building envelope to make it more efficient, including operable, heat reflective glass and solar. Rainwater will be collected from the roof and used to flush toilets and for landscape irrigation. Best part is that all this is being accomplished while maintaining the character of the original design!