The unique strength of the “Solar 2” Green Energy, Arts and Education Center project will be its tremendous impact on public awareness concerning sustainable development in general, and sustainable construction in particular. The zero net-energy facility to be realized on a “brownﬁeld” waterfront site in downtown Manhattan will be the ﬁrst carbon-neutral building in the City of New York, producing all the energy it uses. Therefore, it will become a landmark and a symbol of the city’s commitment to energy independence and environmental sustainability.
The elegant building enclosed in a green envelope will convincingly demonstrate, at the very limits of what is possible, the actual state-of-the-art with regard to the use of sustainable materials, photovoltaic technology, geothermal exchange wells, natural lighting and ventilation. All the technical features will be shown and explained in a public exhibition. Through a highly-sophisticated monitoring system the effects of the different technologies as well as of the impacts of the surrounding conditions will be made visible.
In addition, the interplay between our everyday choices and behavior and the consumption of energy and resource will be exhibited. Public stakeholders will be enticed to visit the “Solar 2” center by various cultural activities such as free art, dance and music performances. All in all, an extremely effective and easily transferable way to communicate to people how one might personally contribute to the solution of future energy and climatic challenges.See more
The winners of the second North American Holcim Awards competition for Sustainable Construction projects were announced at a ceremony in Montreal. Total prize money of USD 270,000 was presented to nine projects from Canada and the United States that showcase the latest approaches to address critical topics including housing affordability, employment, renewable energy, and water efficiency.Read more » pour en savoir plus : Les meilleurs projets de construction durable à l’honneur (French) »
Showing that sustainable energy use is possible in lower Manhattan is the objective of the Solar 2 Green Energy, Arts & Education Center. The center’s plethora of outreach programs for all ages demonstrates the potential that comes from harnessing the sun’s energy. As the first carbon-neutral building in the city, it is an important symbol for going green in an urban setting.Download project entry poster (PDF, 2.84 MB) »