Green and Beautiful

These stunning building products offer inspirational solutions for any project.

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As the building sector slowly recovers, developers and clients are realizing that green buildings that are beautiful and perform efficiently will become sound business opportunities over the long term. But client and market demands dictate lower operating costs, so architects and manufacturers, in turn, are looking to innovative exterior solutions—such as glazing and facade materials—that promote resource-efficient technologies and sustainable operational practices, and interior products that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits over their whole life cycle.

For example, take the use of GKD Metal Fabrics sun-shading for the company headquarters of the California ISO in Folsom, California. The areas of the building covered by metal fabric shades achieved surface temperatures that were 17 percent lower, even on the hottest days. Sunshading not only reduced the carbon footprint but also motivated employees at the headquarters to consider sustainability company-wide. These recent projects from around North America highlight the transformation, both outside and in, of architectural design, and offer inspiration for any green project.

Zahner Fabricated Stainless-Steel Panels
Zaha Hadid’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University has an exterior rainscreen system of steel framing clad with stainless-steel pleated panels by Zahner, who worked to produce a prototype of the exterior and developed a new process of machining the large metal plates.


MechoSystems EcoVeil 1350 Shades
The Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, by Perkins + Will, uses Cradle to Cradle-certified EcoVeil 1350 Shades, which can be recycled and remain in a loop of continuous use. The project used 2,839 shades, and was done with the Miceli Drapery Company.


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