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Onyx Solar© will give a presentation about the holistic energy retrofitting measures undertaken in a single-family house located in Gotarrendura (Ávila, Spain) within the framework of the European project HERB. Thanks to these measures, the energy consumption of the house was reduced by 80%. Among the most remarkable measures, the integration of Onyx Solar©´s amorphous silicon photovoltaic glass into the south and north façades can be spotlighted by ensuring constant energy production during the whole year, with no dependence on seasonal cycles.

The seminars are organized by the Provincial Energy Agency of Ávila and will take place on November 7th, 8th and 9th, counting on several thematic areas and finalizing with technical visits. Representatives of companies and institutions as Red Electrica de España, EREN, Tecnalia and Zabala will participate among the most distinguishable guest speakers.

For more information: http://www.apea.com.es/info/jornadas/x-jornadas.html

Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

“Green architecture, arguably the biggest single movement in the field since the emergence of modernism a century ago”. The last blog post of the Los Angeles Times journalist Christopher Hawthorne is devastating. And the comment comes to justify his critics to a survey undertaken by Vanity Fair to determine the most iconic architectural work in the last 30 years, which didn’t take into account sustainable building. Thus, among more than 50 prestigious architects including Foster, Gehry, Hadid or Pelli; the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao finished in the first place.

The Adam Joseph Lewis Center de Oberlín (Ohio)

As a response to that ranking, Architecture Magazine published his own survey which only considered green buildings. The winner? The Adam Joseph Lewis Center in Oberlín (Ohio), designed by William McDonough + Partners, followed by the California Academy of Sciences of Renzo Piano. It’s odd that the Italian architect is the only one alongside Foster that has two buildings in the ranking.

Hawthorne’s article is not only interesting for checking the results of the surveys but also to put in context both rankings, and the phrase with which we started this post makes us really happy as we feel we are participating in this green movement which is becoming more and more important.

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