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Winner - Gold
Designer: CASE & SOM Teams
Design Type: Universal Design
Company / Organization / School: Center for Architecture Science & Ecology & SOM
Team Members: Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Ted Ngai & Matt Gindlesparger
Contemporary construction materials and building types contribute to the degradation of indoor air quality (IAQ) and have become major factors in public health problems in developed countries. Severely deteriorating air quality within many global metropolitan areas is also an important determinant of population health and well-being. By cleaning airborne contaminants associated with poor indoor air quality, building-integrated active phytoremediation systems have the potential to decrease fresh air intake requirements and thus the potential to realize substantial energy savings in climate types with high heating and/or cooling loads. Active phytoremediation systems can be especially effective in polluted urban areas.