Get an in-depth look at some of our recent buildings that integrated our Building Science Group into the design process and are true examples of the fusion of design and performance.
TUFTS UNIVERSITY, SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING COMPLEX
The project’s sustainable solutions are integral to its architectural solution, thoughtfully demonstrating the interdependence between sustainability and scientific research. The SEC employs ambitious low energy strategies across all building systems by establishing an aggressive total energy use intensity (EUI) target representing a 77% reduction in energy over a typical laboratory building.
BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER, INPATIENT BUILDING
Multiple analyses conducted during the design process throughout the conceptual and schematic design phases directly shaped the patient room design. Factors explored include the optimal angle of façade serration, type and size of glazing, elimination of perimeter heating system, capacity and limitations of chilled beams, validation of E+ against TRANE Trace, and family zone lay-out and comfort. Close collaboration between architects and engineers allowed for a well-informed early HVAC design for the patient rooms resulting in a total energy usage reduction while maintaining a compelling aesthetic strategy.
DUKE UNIVERSITY, ENVIRONMENT HALL
Using a simple “shoebox” energy model, our design team was able to understand what the energy drivers were for different orientations, such as the glazing U-value on the north and the solar heat gain coefficient on the south, and the most effective strategies at minimizing energy usage.
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY, BIOSCIENCES RESEARCH BUILDING
The design of the Biosciences Research Building (BRB) embraces the moderate climate of Ireland. By locating low-load spaces along the perimeter of the building, the project takes advantage of natural ventilation as the sole conditioning strategy and is supplemented with radiant heating 9% of the year. This means 45% of this intensive research building is able to function without mechanical ventilation. This is an extremely simple, yet radical approach, rarely implemented to even a modest extent in similar laboratories in comparable U.S. climates.