August 25, 2010

Banco Cuidad de Buenos Aires

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PHA Consult were the sustainability consultants and MEP Engineer’s for the competition-winning scheme to design a new corporate headquarters for the Banco Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

© Foster + Partners

The project was designed by Foster + Partners, working with construction firm, CRIBA S.A. and local architect, BBRCH-Minond. Plans for the energy-efficient building, which will occupy an entire city block in the neighbourhood of Parque Patricios, echo its park-side setting with landscaped courtyards and shaded walkways and will provide a distinctive new presence for the bank in the city.

The scheme occupies the whole site to create an internal campus of ‘villages’, which are connected by circulation routes and external landscaped patios and are unified by a flowing roof canopy. The entrance plaza is sheltered by the deep overhang of the roof, which is supported by slender pillars. A full-height atrium directs circulation into four tiers of terraced office spaces, all of which have direct views of the park. Based on an eight-metre-square planning grid, the generous light-filled floor plates allow the work spaces to be flexibly planned.

The plans form part of a wider regeneration initiative in the barrio of Parque Patricios, a formerly light industrial area to the south of the city centre, which has been identified by the city’s government as a centre of technology. The design incorporates a number of sustainable features and targets LEED Silver accreditation. These include utilising the exposed thermal mass of concrete soffits with chilled beams for cooling; and reducing energy demands through shaded facades, which are oriented according to the path of the sun, and by encouraging natural ventilation.

PHA Consult are now working with local MEP engineering and LEED consultants GF/estudioGrinberg to develop the competition concept, providing advanced energy and systems modelling to ASHRAE 90.1,  natural ventilation simulation, and daylight and glare analysis.

May 27, 2010

D.Y. Patil School of Business, Navi, Mumbai, India

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The new School of Management is being designed in the existing Dr DY Patil University in Navi Mumbai, India.  The facility is planned for around 3000 students and will provide graduate level degree programs focused on business and management studies. The  total gross area of the project is approximately 64,000m² and will provide a teaching faculty block at lower levels and residential units at higher levels.

PHA Consult is leading the Environmental and MEP engineering design of the proposed School of Business. The new development is being designed by Foster and Partners and aims to be at the forefront of sustainability.  The D.Y. Patil School of Business is targeting a LEED ® Gold rating by Indian Green Building Council. Achieving such high building performance standards in the harsh climate of Navi Mumbai is a challenging task and shows the university’s commitment to environmental responsibility.

  • The design incorporates many features for increased building efficiency.
  • The building form is developed to allow for enhanced daylight penetration from the north façade while preventing any direct sunlight from entering the perimeter spaces.
  • The building is also being designed to naturally ventilate all the public spaces, which saves additional energy. Advanced modeling and analysis is being carried out to optimize the ventilation design ensuring maximum comfort in the public realm.
  • An onsite water recovery plant is proposed for the development  recovering upto 95% of wastewater generated from the building to be reused for secondary uses such as toilet flushing and cooling tower makeup water.
  • To minimize the dependence on grid electricity, a natural gas driven tri-generation CHP plant is proposed for the building .This will also allow building cooling with absorption chillers driven from recovered  waste heat from the plant enabling upto 35% reduction in carbon emission.
  • Part of the Hot water for building domestic  use is generated from solar thermal panels.
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