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United States/Canadian-Media: The new U.S. Embassy in London was honored with a 2020 Award of Excellence Winner in the Best Tall Building Under 100 Meters category by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), a leading international organization in the field of tall buildings and urban sustainability, US Department of State reports said.
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Alongside other projects around the world that have contributed to the advancement of tall buildings and urban environments, CTBUH honored the U.S. Embassy in London and will officially present the award at the 2021 Tall & Urban Innovation Conference in May.
The building was designed by Philadelphia-based architecture firm Kieran Timberlake and constructed by B.L. Harbert International and incorporates multiple energy conservation strategies, including daylight-responsive lighting and shade controls, passive and active chilled beams, efficient mechanical systems, and combined heat and power generation.
Recognized for its exceptional environmental leadership and energy-efficient design, the Embassy showcases the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ (OBO) commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable innovation.
Harnessing of renewable energy is done through the use of photovoltaic technology and ground source heat pumps, which use energy from the earth to heat and cool the building.
Representing the best of U.S. architecture, engineering, and technology, the Embassy sets a new standard for the design of diplomatic campuses overseas.
Since the start of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program in 1999, OBO has completed 164 new diplomatic facilities. OBO currently has more than 50 active projects either in design or under construction worldwide.
OBO provides safe, secure, functional, and resilient facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and that support U.S. diplomats in advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives abroad.