Pitter patter of tiny carbon footprints

26 Feb 2010

Battelle's Bio and Computational Sciences buildings impress with energy saving, sustainable design

The combined Biological and Computational Science buildings support the Department of Energy’s environmental, national security and fundamental science research. Specifically, staff in the BSF conduct research that aids environmental restoration and human health. The CSF hosts high-performance computing for biology and national security research. The buildings are joined with a two-story atrium providing common spaces where researchers from both facilities can collaborate in the pursuit of advancing their work. The lobby also houses educational materials including showcasing ongoing research and displaying an interactive screen explaining the building’s sustainable features.

The project has achieved LEED Gold Certification, one of about ten other laboratories in the country to do so. The BSF & CSF were designed with an impressive 77% space efficiency allowing a smaller building footprint saving materials and site disturbance. All cut and fill remained on site to create bioswales and berms to retain and treat all site storm water. The project has been designed to use 35% less energy and 30% less water than current best practice codes and most laboratories. These savings are accomplished through using: Geothermal heating & cooling; heat recovery; energy efficient lighting; low-e glass and sunshades; VAV fume hoods; low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Generous glazing brings daylight throughout the building to create a more productive and healthy work environment. Everything is designed not only with energy savings and sustainable materials in mind, but also with the comfort of the occupants.The wide variety of sustainable design features employed throughout the project means that every occupant will see the benefit of ecological design in their daily routine. The legacy of the BSF and CSF is not only how it will care for the environment by reducing its impact on it, but also how the sustainable features serve as inspiration and education for future generations and campus facilities.

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