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Energy-Saving Features

  • • Building passively designed, narrow shape, and orientation to maximize natural ventilation and daylight. Design intentions to save 26 % of electrical lighting consumption (not achieved)
  • • Green materials include:
  • • Floor to ceiling glass to maximize daylight-scrutinized by occupants for glare
  • • 50 % Mix of slag in concrete to increase durability of concrete and less pollutant for the environment
  • • Low or zero toxicity material for finishes
  • • 10 % of waste during construction to landfills
  • • 87 % of all building materials are recyclable
  • • Embedded sensors in the building to automate temperature and light adjustments
  • • Facade sensors for night time ventilation
  • • Occupancy and daylight sensors
  • • Glass find on North elevation to direct air into a gap where it would rise and cool in summer before entering the air-conditioning system
  • • Perforated steel panels serves as a light screen and a natural ventilation system
  • • These open to allow natural ventilation to the top 13 floors that do not have any air-conditioning systems
  • • Elevators open every third floor to prompt occupants to walk up and down for well-being-disabled lifts open on every floor ended up being congested with able-bodied people!
  • • Underground parking to allow for a Plaza for public use... this ended up as socially unsustainable!
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