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December 19, 2011

Geotectura starts construction of EcoBuilding in Israel’s TAU campus

An unnamed affiliate of White Lodging Services has purchased the Marriott Nashville Hotel situated adjacent to Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, US for an undisclosed sum.

Architecture firm Geotectura, in collaboration with Axelrod-Grobman Architects and Chen Architects, has commenced construction of a new building for Porter School of Environmental Studies on the Tel Aviv University campus in Israel.

The development, named EcoBuilding, is expected to receive LEED Platinum certification after its completion.

Initially, the developers will revamp the campus site before commencing construction and orient the building to the local climatic conditions.

The building’s features will include a permeable facade, which will allow plenty of natural light and air circulation.

Sustainable features of the design also include green roofs, wetlands and vertical gardens.

EcoBuilding will source its energy from a 50kW photovoltaic solar system and the facility will use chilled beam cooling technology to regulate interior temperature and reduce energy consumption.

The facility will filter rainwater, while water used for plumbing will be separated so that the greywater can be filtered using wetlands and then recycled.

About half of the roof will be built from green materials and the vertical gardens are intended to improve air quality.

Geotectura, Axelrod-Grobman Architects and Chen Architects won an international competition in 2008 to design the Porter School of Environmental Studies.

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