Nick Fetty | June 3, 2015
Graduate students studying architecture at Iowa State University were recognized last month for their environmentally sustainable project proposals.
The inaugural American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top 10 recognized projects by three different groups of ISU graduate students: “Old North Bikes: Human Powered Revitalization in Old North St. Louis” by Stephen Danielson and Benjamin Kruse; “[Re] Sustaining Old North St. Louis” by Brandon Fettes and Kyle Vansice; and “HRR: Harvest, Recycle, Reuse” by Heidi Reburn and Sean Wittmeyer. The competition included more than 400 students from 38 different schools.
The designs were part of the fall 2014 Sustainable Building Design (Net Zero Design) graduate studio taught by ISU associate professor Ulrike Passe. Students learned about the relationship between buildings and environmental forces to create projects efficiently utilizing water, energy, recyclable materials, and other resources to create net zero buildings, or buildings that produce roughly as much energy as they consume.
“They were required to calculate annual energy consumption and design a building efficient enough that incorporating on-site renewables like active and passive solar would produce the necessary amount of energy over the course of one year,” Passe said.
Old North Bikes: Human Powered Revitalization in Old North St. Louis
This project included designs for a bike shop, a workshop area, a bike-servicing plaza, and a test track as well as space for residential apartments. The designers incorporated roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, a small section of green roof (for rainwater collection), and natural lighting.
[Re] Sustaining Old North St. Louis
This mixed-use building design included a grocery store and café on the ground level and apartments on the second and third floors. This design also utilized roof-mounted photovoltaic panels and a green roof as well as greywater recycling, solar hot water, and radiant conditioning for heating and cooling.
HRR: Harvest, Recycle, Reuse
Different from the other two designs, this project was a narrative of three residents for a proposed building and how they might utilize different parts of a proposed building. This project also included photovoltaic panels, a roof garden, and stormwater collection as well as a trombe wall, operable windows, a brise soleil and sun shading system, cross ventilation, and reuse of heat generated in the restaurant kitchen and bakery.