Palm Beach Learn Green Conference 10.15.10


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2009 Open Architecture Challenge, Classroom of the Future.

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Palm Beach Learn Green Conference 10.15.10

  1. 1. What is a “green” building? This?
  2. 2. Or this?
  3. 3. Or this?
  4. 4. Or this? Why?
  5. 5. Consider… Site/orientation Near other development
  6. 6. Consider… Materials/method of construction Whole team approach
  7. 7. Consider… Water efficiency Xeriscaping/native plants
  8. 8. Consider… Energy efficiency Turn off lights/tv/computer when not using
  9. 9. Consider… Indoor air quality No pesticides/earth friendly cleaners
  10. 10. Consider… Renewable energy source Body heat/movement
  11. 11. Consider… Recycling/reuse/salvage Locally sourced materials
  12. 12. Consider… Sustainable lifestyle 5% world population/25% world resources
  13. 13. 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom of the Future South Plantation High School Faculty coordinator: John Martin Architectural coordinator: Valerie J. Amor Over 1000 entries submitted, 396 accepted South Plantation High School accepted entry received a rating of four out of five stars
  14. 14. The Challenge In 2009, Orient Global hosted by Architecture for Humanity posted The Open Architecture Challenge; an international design competition challenging schools to design the classroom of the future incorporating smart, safe and sustainable learning spaces. South Plantation High School students partnering with Valerie Amor, architectural sustainability consultant, designed “the perfect classroom”.In accepting the challenge to design the Classroom of the Future, students met both in class and after school to research, design and enter the design competition. John Martin, Technology instructor at South Plantation High School provided in class assignments that supported
  15. 15. The Challenge development of the design as well as weekly lectures and live conferencing with Global Nomads. Meeting with the students over the course of one semester, information was provided including references, resources, professional design and sustainability experience which helped guide the development and implementation of their ideas. The presentation focuses on the submittal materials by the students and sustainability concepts involving energy generation, materials, structural systems, design, economics, construction methods and of the built environment in general. Per request of the teacher, drawings, utilizing two different software programs are original, unaltered student work.
  16. 16. How is it structured? Geodesic dome roof allows for an “open” floor with minimal structural columns , curvature hurricane resistant Steel framing with translucent solar panels and “Smart Glass” - changes light transmission properties in response to voltage, allowing control over the amount of light and heat passing through. The material changes its opacity between a colored, translucent state (usually blue) and a transparent state. A burst of electricity is required for changing its opacity, but once changed has been effected, no electricity is needed for maintaining the shade which has been reached. The glass provides visibility even in the darkened state preserving visible contact with the outside environment.
  17. 17. How is it structured? Natural ventilation through manually operated windows and roof top cupola Wide 4’-0” overhangs Self cleaning glazing Exterior 5’-0” deck all around Concrete slab Lifted off the ground on stilts`
  18. 18. How is it structured? Accordion door system allows for walls for be completely opened controlling air flow and temperature ADA compliant with ramps, unobstructed views and individual sound controls Occupancy sensors “Smart” grid “Vampire” electrical controls Lighting - electrified ceiling cover with task lighting incorporated into student desk
  19. 19. Floor Plan
  20. 20. Elevation
  21. 21. Section
  22. 22. Materials & Method of Production Modular design: Solo-Pod. Stand alone: single classroom Quad-Pod. Circular: four single Solo-Pods joined together, creates a central auditorium space. Can also be configured as a continuous abstract wedge: serpentine or “S” shaped Exterior decks designed to be interlocking creating an additional interior flex space. Unique design allows for creation of shared spaces, i.e. 5’-0” decks joined together creates a 10’-0” activity space Local and recycled materials: Interior floor and millwork to be melalueca; concrete and steel
  23. 23. Solo Pod Two solo pods joined together
  24. 24. Quad Pod
  25. 25. How is energy produced? Solar steamer Helical wind turbine Transparent solar panels Rain gutter turbine Piezoelectricity Body heat Floor stair stepper
  26. 26. What is it used for? Solar steamer: Using recycled mirrors, it generates steam which is used to generate electricity through a steam turbine. Any water can be used. After the steam process it can be cooled for clean drinking water. The by product hydrogen is an additional energy source. Helical wind turbine: Efficiently works at low levels of wind from any direction, it is converted to electricity through a generator which is tied to the building via a “smart” grid.
  27. 27. What is it used for? Transparent solar panels: Captures sunlight for conversion into electricity. Transparent to allow double duty as solar collectors ,rooftop window panels and solar water heater. . Rain gutter turbine: Generates electricity through a unique sloping gutter system that follows the edge of the roof and passes through turbines
  28. 28. What is it used for? Piezoelectricity : Designed to capture foot traffic impact and friction Floor stair stepper: Located under the desks for “restless” feet Body heat and movement: Sensors in the student chairs capture body heat and movement.
  29. 29. How do we conserve water? Rain gutter system Rain barrels Undergroundcisterns Graywater reuse Low flow fixtures Xeriscaping/Florida friendly plants Edible landscaping
  30. 30. What is it used for? Rain gutter system: to collect water that is stored in rain barrels with the overflow channeled into underground cisterns. Graywater reuse: for water closet flushing and landscape irrigation Solar steamer: Creates drinkable water
  31. 31. What is it used for? Xeriscaping, Florida friendly plants: Minimizes water use. Irrigation system and turf planting discouraged. Edible landscaping and organic produce: Food for people and outdoor wildlife. Provides shade to naturally cool classroom.
  32. 32. Cost benefits “Kit of Parts” Classroom can be manufactured offsite and assembled on site. Repetition of design and higher quality control Construction costs lowered due to shorter timeframe, reduced on site construction activity, reduced on site deliveries Can modify design for specific needs or locale Joining four Solo-Pods to create Quad-Pod allows for the creation of additional shared spaces between the classrooms as well as creating an auditorium
  33. 33. Cost benefits Zero energy building reduces energy costs, potential for revenue generation from on site renewables “Smart Glass” allows for maximum light and energy control and capture - minimizes electrical use Increased health benefits for the occupants Self-cleaning glazing reduces maintenance costs Mechanical, electrical and hvac placed under floor allows for ease of maintenance and repair
  34. 34. Cost benefits Microsoft surface touch top computer screen eliminates need for computers, printers and paper. Paperless assignments Can utilize e-books reducing need for printed text books. Reduced administrative costs
  35. 35. Special Features Ergonomic chairs with built-in individual adjustable sound system and positioning “Smart Glass” light controlled through electrical charge allows for curved ceiling to dual function as a projection screen Projector utilizing hologram technology Seating tiered to allow unobstructed view for all students Mechanical, electrical and plumbing to be located under tiered seating. Additional space to be used for storage
  36. 36. Thank-you for your time! Presentationproduced by Valerie J. Amor President/ CEO / Founder Drawing Conclusions LLC