International Algae Competition: Process Zero

May 11, 2012 |

Algae Landscape Design First Prize

Process Zero: Retrofit Resolution. GSA Federal Building, Los Angeles, CA, by Hok/Vanderweil, Sean Quinn.

The goal is to design a zero environmental footprint and energy self-sufficiency using Living Building Challenge 2.0 guidelines. Photovoltaic and solar thermal panels cover the roof, tracing the sun through the day.

Thin film PV shading devices line the windows, reduce glare and reflect light deeper into the interior. A modular system of algae tubes wrap the building and absorb the sun’s radiation, produce lipids for fuel, and shade interior office spaces.

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