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The site, the shade and passive solar

One of first decisions to affect the energy demand of any building is its siting. And an early siting choice on the Georgia Tech building made the task of achieving net positive energy performance a bit more demanding. Part 3 in our series on the Energy Petal.

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From fire to net positive

After millennia of burning fossil fuels inside all kinds of structures, we finally have the technology and maybe the will to occupy buildings without the use of any combustion. Part 2 in our series on the Energy Petal.

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Energy use at Georgia Tech Living Building measured down to a cup of coffee

Espresso was too much to ask. The Living Building at Georgia Tech already had been spitting out energy challenges that members of its experienced design team hadn’t faced before. To meet the Living Building Challenge standard, the project must generate at least 5 percent more power than it uses. And it has to do that in a humid climate that complicates the the air conditioning. Part 1 in our series on the Energy Petal.

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Restoring the ecological flows for net positive water

The Living Building Challenge’s Net Positive Water imperative stipulates that a project’s “water use and release must work in harmony with the natural water flows of the site and its surroundings.” For the Living Building at Georgia Tech, this means mimicking the Piedmont forest in the way it absorbs and releases water.