Aidlin Darling Architects: "an historic and previously derelict turn-of-the-century industrial building now refurbished to be as beautiful as it is energy efficient."
Buildings are responsible for 50% of North America's greenhouse gases; in cities like New York or London, it can be as much as 80%. They consume a lot of fossil fuels. But we can't tear them all down, either. They need to be upgraded, renovated and often, reskinned.
Zerofootprint has been running a reskinning competition, judging entries on the basis of efficiency, aesthetics, economy, reproducibility, intelligence and neigbourliness. The results are a great inspiration, examples of where we have to go and how we get there.
Small Residential: Work Worth Doing Studio & Lorraine Gauthier, David Fujiwara : Now House "a process for retrofitting existing older houses to become net zero energy homes."
We have seen this one in TreeHugger: The Net-Zero Energy Now House is Really Boring.
Large Residential: Oswald Mathias Ungers (1964), DAHM Architekten + Ingenieure (2008) for GESOBAU "When GESOBAU AG decided to modernize the 15,000 residential units it had built in the Märkisches Viertel locality of Berlin in the 1960s, it devised a three-point plan that would be both economical and repeatable elsewhere."
Large Commercial: Sparkasse Vorderpfalz. "The project to refurbish the building's façade and services had to be carried out without affecting the bank's operations or damaging recent interior renovations. "
Laboratory for Visionary Architecture: LAVA - Sydney Tower (Future of Re-Skinning)
While all of the other projects are completed, this one is a proposal to
transform the identity of the brutalist-style high-rise and reduce its carbon footprint. LAVA has developed a simple, cost-effective and easily constructed building skin that forms a translucent cocoon to create a micro-climate. The skin can generate energy with embedded photo-voltaic cells, collect rain water, and improve the distribution of natural daylight.
Zerofootprint estimates that retrofitting the 67 billion square feet of commercial space in America will cost $ 1.2 trillion. But there is a payback, in lower energy bills and longer lasting buildings. More at Zerofootprint