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Hawaii Portable Classroom
Winner - Silver
Designer: Anderson & Anderson
Design Type: Spaces
Company / Organization / School: Anderson Anderson Architects
This portable classroom is designed to provide an optimized educational environment for students and teachers while advancing sustainable design principles. The classroom maximally conserves, collects and generates natural resources focusing on performance issues directly impacting the learning experience of its occupants and the environmental quality of its community: thermal comfort, natural daylighting, indoor air quality; and, energy and resource conservation and generation. Natural forces and resources are highlighted and exposed throughout the structure, letting the building itself act as a learning tool for occupants, other schools and the general public. A web-based sustainability information system broadcasts efficiency data live, 24/7. The building and its systems showcase a working, energy-positive integration of sustainability from construction through class curriculum permeating the lives of the students, teachers and parents who experience the classroom personally or via the web.