Aspen Green Energy efficiency

Aspen Art MuseumThe US Green Building Council’s Roaring Fork Interest Group introduced locals and visitors to sustainable design imbedded in Aspen’s architecture last month with a green building tour. We were thrilled to be invited as one of the three destinations that including the Aspen Art Museum, the Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Institute, and our newest commercial architecture project – The Spring Building.

Aspen Art MuseumThanks to local bike sharing program, WeCycle, the tour peddled through town – sightseeing and stopping to engage with the architects and contractors at these three sites.

First Stop – Aspen Art Museum

The new Aspen Art Museum is the work of Shigeru Ban Architects. His team is widely respected for their innovative approaches to environmentally sound architecture. He has receive nearly 50 awards for his architecture and design and is acclaimed for lending his talents to do humanitarian work for natural disaster victims. The sustainable features of the Aspen Art Museum are numerous – highlights include 50% of the roof being covered with skylights so natural light can penetrate through the building (via glass floors) to reduce the need for electricity, retention zones to treat storm water, permeable pavers and an incredibly low waste construction process. Completion and opening slated for summer 2014.

Spring BuildingSecond Stop – The Spring Building

The entire David Johnston Architect team is very proud of the reimagined Spring Street building that features commercial, office and residential uses. Our fundamental objective behind the project was to create timeless urban architecture through a sustainable approach. The goals of the project seek to maximize green technologies while benefiting the community both in terms of cultural and economic considerations. The use of green technologies such as solar panels, geothermal and high efficient mechanical equipment make the building one of the most energy efficient projects in Aspen. Cutting edge information technology systems further enhance the project, setting it apart from other properties in town. In addition the “green roof” has garnered much excitement from the community not only for its beauty but functionality as well. The cumulative result of these efforts is a mixed-use building that truly meets the definition of sustainable development.

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