Tech giant Amazon has secured naming rights to the new home of Seattle’s to-be-named National Hockey League (NHL) team and Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA’s) Seattle Storm, and is calling it Climate Pledge Arena. The name refers to The Climate Pledge, launched in 2019 by Amazon and Global Optimism, which calls on signatories to be net-zero carbon across their businesses by 2040—a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement.
The author provides an overview of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), discusses how and why the requirements for the building enclosure have changed, and how the current code will impact design and construction. He explores how climate influences design, the need to control air and water in an enclosure assembly, and the rationale behind reducing the percentage of glass on façades.
In envisioning two new branch buildings in Fredericksburg, Texas, and in Shawnee, Oklahoma, First United Bank wanted structures that aligned with their sustainability initiative. Global architecture firm Gensler responded with an innovative design and building materials.