IUCN insisted that the Conservation Centre be designed and constructed to meet the highest standards of sustainability – of course fitting for an organization committed to the protection of nature. The IUCN Conservation Centre uses only 20 percent of the electricity consumed by a conventional building of its size and creates an exceptional indoor atmosphere that promotes social integrity and interaction.
An overriding principle applied throughout the building is economy of means, achieved through lean design, “skin-and-bones” architecture, multifunctional building elements, and functional synergy where combined effects achieve better economic and ecological performance.
The IUCN Conservation Centre illustrates how progressive ideas about energy use within buildings can be implemented. Advancing the notion of green building, it distinguishes between energy consumption and emissions. With zero-emission energy sources, the emphasis shifted from energy efficiency at any cost towards achieving a higher level of architectural quality, placing greater attention on daylighting and high-quality furniture and fittings throughout interior spaces.
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