Data Propelled in Germany

Design process optimizing sustainability factors

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    Flexible Timber Factory: This flexible timber factory is being used as a lighthouse project by Airbus for its future manufacturing facilities. It is designed for the production needs of today, and it is also deliberately designed to grow and adapt over time as airplanes, manufacturing, and work methods become more sustainable. Airbus aims to dramatically reduce carbon emissions by 2050, and this building will be a testbed for that.

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    Prioritizing Employee Work Conditions: In addition to optimizing for sustainability features, we prioritized people and inclusion. We identified, measured, and promoted factors for a good workplace for both blue-collar and white-collar employees.

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    Context And Impact: The building addresses the nearby residential community.

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    Data-Driven Design: sustainability goals integrated with social, economic, and operational goals.

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    Generative Sustainability: Exploring wide space of possible designs to maximize goals and fit program.

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    Daylight & Natural Ventilation: Fine-tuning windows and skylights to promote comfort and save.

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    Sustainability Trade-Offs: Project stakeholders finding best balance between cost and sustainability.

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    Embodied And Operational Energy: Materials and systems that reduce energy and carbon.

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    New Industrial Aesthetic: A factory with qualities of a cultural building.

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    Transferable Low-Carbon Materials: We brought Carbon Cure to a concrete plant in Europe for first time.

  • Awards Acknowledgement prize 2020–2021 Europe

By David Benjamin - The Living, New York, NY, USA and

Ideas: Economic & Social Empowerment , Responsibly Sourced Materials, Circular Design

A data-driven design optimizes environmental and economic sustainability while ensuring optimal working conditions in a manufacturing building.

Data Propelled in Germany

Project authors

  • Holcim Awards North America ceremony, Toronto, Canada
    David Benjamin

    The Living

    USA

  • BS
    Bastian Schaefer

    Airbus

    Germany

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    Lorenzo Villaggi

    The Living

    USA

  • Jim Stoddart

    The Living

    USA

  • Global Awards 2015 finalist certificate handover in New York City USA – Hy-Fi: Zero carbon …
    John Locke

    The Living

    USA

  • Damon Lau

    The Living

    USA

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    Lindsey Wikstrom

    The Living

    USA

  • Ray Wang

    The Living

    USA

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