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The Frontier Project - A Showcase of Sustainability


By civile - Posted on 26 April 2011

The Frontier Project in Second LifeThe Frontier Project (http://www.frontierproject.com), a demonstration project showcasing sustainability, held a grand opening at its Rancho Cucamonga facility last November. In April of this year, the facility once again hosted a grand opening. However, this time, the event was held at their virtual facility in Second Life―a 3D replica of the actual building and site. According to the project website, both builds have been created to show “how sustainable design is economical, efficient, and inviting.” The project goal is to “educate resident consumers, commercial builders, and sustainable advocates regarding the latest methods and technologies in water, energy, and site conservation.”

The main focus of the project is a uniquely designed, 14,000 square foot building with a LEED Platinum rating. Its glass, exterior walls wrap around a landscaped entrance to create the feeling of an interior courtyard. As visitors enter, they are welcomed into a demonstration gallery. The virtual gallery has a control panel allowing users to either set up chairs for a presentation or set up a display of artwork. A kitchen, living room, bathrooms, offices and conference rooms showcase different technologies designed to promote sustainability.

Educational elements are located throughout the virtual site allowing visitors to interact with the build and learn more about green construction. Outside the main building is a water station where avatars can use recycled materials to create a water bottle. This bottle can then be filled with water at the many water stations found all over the sim. Leaves with hover text are used to designate specific green building tips or information. Some sustainability design elements included permeable concrete, bioswales, solar tube skylights, sustainable building materials, rain harvest tank, and green roof along with many others.

Other than the building, the sim offers a theater, a learning garden, water exhibit, and fireworks area. And everyone can pick up a free Frontier Project t-shirt at the reception area in the main building and a free bike outside the building.

While the virtual building is open to the public 24/7, the physical site in California is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. To 3:00 p.m.. Self-guided tours are available at both facilities while guided tours are offered at the physical site.

If you have a Second Life account, you can visit the virtual site here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/The%20Frontier%20Project/174/144/29

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