In November 2014 the 1st public building in Greece to pursue LEED was certified withLEED Silver. The National Museum of Contemporary Art (NMCA) was the latest 2014 addition in the collection of LEED projects in Greece and has been managed by DCarbon.
The NMCA is a landmark project that includes the major renovation of a former industrial building of significant architectural identity. The project development highlights the importance of reusing and renovating the existing building stock, especially in a dense urban area and is one of the most significant examples of building reuse in Greece.
The Ministry of Culture decided to accommodate the Museum within the existing urban core in the city center. A building located in the city center is easily accessible with a variety of mass transit media, such as the tube and the light railway, providing fast and comfortable access to the building discouraging car use. In addition to the accessibility, the dense urban core provides proximity to various facilities at walking distance which are critical for the museum operation.
Moreover, the major renovation of the existing building is a unique challenge. This becomes more important for a landmark building such as the former industrial building. Instead of demolishing the building, the state decided to proceed with the reuse of the existing building structure. As a result, a significant portion of the load bearing structure and external walls were kept in place and incorporated in the new modern design. The renovation and reuse of the building structure contributes to the minimization of the ecological footprint of the building construction by eliminating the demand for materials with high embodied energy and corresponding carbon emissions.
The building aims at high energy efficiency through passive design as long as efficient building systems. As a result, the building has lowered significantly energy demand for lighting and cooling. In parallel, the design has been optimized to provide high thermal comfort conditions for the occupants and visitors.
Furthermore, a main design decision was using a large portion of locally resourced materials, which on the one hand has a positive influence on the environment resulting from short routes of transport and on the other hand help the local economy. In general, it is of utmost priority for the NMCA to use the renovated building as a case-study of a green building. Thanks to the high degree of interaction with the public, it is of major significance for the first public building seeking LEED certification to maximize impact on the audience about its sustainability features.
Sustainability & LEED Consultancy
Dynamic Energy Modeling
ARCHITECT | Ioannis Mouzakis & Associates
MEP | Insta
CONTRACTOR | Aktor
COMMISSIONING | VPC Consultants
(LEED v3 - New Construction & Major Renovation)