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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:10 AM
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Downtown Portland project could be among the first urban buildings in the U.S. to rely on wind energ
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/stories/2007/11/19/...
Friday, November 16, 2007

Downtown Portland project could be among the first urban buildings in the U.S. to rely on wind energy

Pursuit of power
Portland Business Journal - by Wendy Culverwell Business Journal staff writer
Rendering courtesy of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects

A building now under construction at Southwest 12th and Washington could become one of the first urban buildings in the nation to integrate wind energy in its design. A series of wind turbines will sit on the roof and generate a small portion of power -- about 1 percent -- the 22-story tower will use.

The building, dubbed "12W," is being built by Gerding Edlen Development Co. and will contain a mix of luxury apartments and several floors of office space. Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP is designing the building and will move its corporate headquarters there in two years. ZGF's role as both designer and chief occupant give it a double incentive to design something memorable.

Construction of the world's first wind-integrated high-rise building started earlier this year at the twin tower Bahrain World Trade Center on the Arabian Coast. The Bahrain project consists of two 50-story sail-shaped towers with three graceful wind turbines suspended from bridges between them, like gems channel-set between two bands.

Until now, rooftop wind turbines have appeared more frequently in architectural renderings than in real life, said John Breshears, an associate partner and architect with ZGF. Breshears is working on the design for 12W and has tasked himself with determining if wind energy will work.

wculverwell@bizjournals.com | 503-219-3415
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:27 AM
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1. 1%??!
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 12:38 AM by Viva_La_Revolution
you've got to be freakin kidding me


The Bahrain Trade Center building is MUCH better...
http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/03/28/bahrain-world-trade... /
Once operational, the wind turbines will deliver approximately 11-15% of the energy needs of the building, or 1100 to 1300 megawatt-hours per year -- enough to provide light in 300 homes for over a year.
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/03/bahrain_install...
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greenman3610 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:14 AM
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2. Pearl River Tower. China, zero net energy use
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 01:16 AM by greenman3610
http://jetsongreen.typepad.com/jetson_green/2006/08/pea...

This is the architectural rendering of a building designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; it is planned to be 71 stories, 2.2 million square feet, and have a "net" zero-energy footprint. The building is designed to use wind turbines, radiant slabs, microturbines, geothermal heat sinks, ventilated facades, waterless urinals, integrated photovoltaics, condensate recovery, and daylight responsive controls. I first noticed mention of this incredible project in an article of Architectural Record Magazine


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