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MGM Macau

The sprawling resort of MGM MACAU, boasts nearly 600 guest rooms, suites, and villas, plus casino facilities and amenities. With a property this enormous, energy management has always been the key focus, and significant effort is given to reduce the energy consumption.

YKK 80 Building, Tokyo

Designed immediately after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, YKK Headquarters reprioritized its sustainability and resiliency goals to become one of the highest performing office buildings in Tokyo.

Shaping the Future of Skyscrapers

Silhouettes of urban skylines render skyscrapers as simple geometric shapes. Usually the answer to the question “What is the shape of a skyscraper?” is either “a rectangular prism” or “a blocky spire.” The common tubular shape of skyscrapers is not without purpose. The shape helps tall structures resist lateral loads, such as wind and seismic activity. However, modern skyscrapers take on a variety of shapes. Advances in engineering and construction technologies have freed architects to be as creative as they want to be—for functional or purely esoteric purposes.

New Buildings Drawn from Unusual Inspirations

The philosophy of “form follows function” guided architecture for much of the 20th century. Now, even in a time when building performance is being scrutinized as never before, architects and developers are paying a great deal of attention to buildings’ form. Building science often is cloaked in a great deal of art.

First Rotatable Lab for the Tropics Opens in Singapore

The Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) SkyLab, the world’s first high-rise rotatable laboratory for the tropics, and the Academic Tower, a dedicated experiential learning facility and living lab for the built environment sector, opened in recent ceremonies at the BCA Academy in Singapore.

Biosciences Research Building: National University of Ireland, Galway

Natural ventilation is usually not the first technique considered when designing a research lab. But the National University of Ireland, Galway, built a highly energy efficient lab at a low cost using passive strategies as the cornerstone.

Zero Energy Building @ BCA Academy: Singapore

When the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore needed to retrofit its three-story building on the BCA Academy campus, it decided to try to make it a net zero energy building despite the challenge of doing so in a hot and humid tropical climate.

Malaysia Energy Commission Headquarters: Putrajaya, Malaysia

The glimmering green façade of the Malaysia Energy Commission Headquarters known as the Diamond Building stands in stark contrast ...

Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Headquarters Building: Shenzhen, China

A tropical garden with water features flourishes on the sixth floor on the Shenzhen IBR Headquarters Building.

University of La Reunion's ENERPOS: Saint-Pierre, La Reunion, France

A classroom and office building on the French island of La Reunion, near Madagascar, demonstrates that sustainable design saves significant energy while providing ...
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