Architects Studio Gang have designed an entire high rise building in Chicago based on the optimum angle of 71 degrees for solar access and shading as its core concept. Aside from maximizing energy-efficiency through passive solar design and the shiming effect created by the the angular surfaces, Solstice on the Park will be aiming for LEED Silver certification with a host of other eco features.
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When schools grow too big for their existing facilities, they often have to resort to inefficient modular classrooms, which take a lot of energy to be run and make it seem like your kids are going to school in a trailer park. Gen7 Modular Classrooms by American Modular Systems is working to change that with their energy-efficient, affordable, and environmentally-friendly classrooms that provide healthy and productive learning environments. Over the summer, Gen7 installed a set of six modular classrooms at the Bolsa Knolls Middle School in Salinas, California. In less than a month and a half, the school had six new classrooms, which are far more energy-efficient and healthier than the buildings surrounding them.