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For more than 120 years, the William Cullen Bryant School has stood as a landmark of Great Barrington and the Berkshires region of western Massachusetts with its distinctive arts and crafts design and central location just off Main Street. When cosmetics magnate and preservationist Jane Iredale was seeking larger, sustainable headquarters for her locally based company—Iredale Mineral Cosmetics Ltd.—a few years ago, she zeroed in on the school as an unorthodox yet inventive solution.
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In recognition of our sustainable design and construction of the Bryant School Redevelopment Project, the Iredale Mineral Cosmetics Headquarters has achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
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We know adjusting the thermostat, using blinds, opening windows or using electronics such as a heater or air conditioning unit has an impact on the amount of energy consumed in homes. But a new study looks at which of these is the most efficient when it comes to saving power.
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For architect Ole Scheeren, the people who live and work inside a building are as much a part of that building as concrete, steel and glass. He asks: Can architecture be about collaboration and storytelling instead of the isolation and hierarchy of a typical skyscraper?