Welcome Drees & Sommer and Green Hammer Design Build, two new green building leaders who showcase their cutting-edge projects to educate and inspire.
As Europe’s leading consulting, planning and project management enterprise, Drees & Sommer has supported private and public clients and investors for over 50 years in all aspects of real estate and infrastructure – both analog and digital. Through future-oriented consulting, the real estate consulting company offers solutions for successful buildings, high-return portfolios, powerful infrastructure and livable cities. The company’s 3,820 employees across 46 locations around the world work in interdisciplinary teams to provide support for clients from a wide variety of sectors. All the services provided by the partner-run company take into consideration both economic and ecological concerns. Drees & Sommer calls this holistic approach ‘the blue way’.
Among others, Drees & Sommer lists their City Hall Freiburg project - the world’s first public net plus energy building and a model building for zero carbon engineering. Around 800 solar panels adorn the façade and the roof of the building - producing energy that not only powers the electricity requirements of the building but also produces surplus. This means that the public administration building can feed surplus energy into the city’s electricity grid. The key to achieving a positive footprint lies in a truly holistic concept starting with the façade, a passive room-climate system and integration of renewables such as solar and geothermal energy.
From the United States our latest green building professional, Green Hammer Design Build, shows off a zero energy community in North Portland that includes five buildings — a mix of owner and renter units with front porches and balconies oriented around a central courtyard. All five buildings were designed using Passive House standards and modeling to meet Zero Energy goals, meaning the buildings will produce all or more of their energy needs from an 82-kilowatt solar array. A 2,000-square-foot common house is open to all tenants to use as a place to share meals, exercise and host gatherings. It can also serve as a community shelter during the case of a power outage. Learn more about Tillamook Row here.
Green Hammer is a design build firm and certified B Corporation based in Portland, Oregon. Thier mission is to inspire the evolution of our living environment by creating buildings that promote health and protect the planet. Thier multidisciplinary team of designers and construction experts are innovators and leaders in creating inspiring, zero energy homes and buildings that create long-term value and positive impact.
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