Building canopies are one way to ensure that a building is sustainably minded and this is proven by the latest project of US firms Miller Hull Partnership and Lord Aeck Sargent. The job is located on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology, a public research university in Atlanta, and is known as The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. The name pays homage to the project’s funders—the Kenanda Fund, a private family foundation that has dedicated itself to supporting socially and environmentally-conscious initiatives.
Officially, the building falls in the category of “regenerative buildings.” This means that the building is structured in such a way that it creates more resources than it consumes. In the Kendeda Building’s case, this means more water and energy. The energy, in particular, is generated by 900-plus solar panels that constitute the building’s canopy.
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