We consistently work towards incorporating energy-saving tactics into the buildings we design. We are committed to energy-efficient spaces and reducing the environmental impact of each building. Today we are showcasing our recently completed Tufts University Science and Engineering Complex.
The 79,000 SF addition acts much like a battery pack, providing new life and infrastructure to underutilized historic structures, while simultaneously creating a dynamic 177,000 SF integrated high-tech hub for open communication and cross pollination. The contingent forms shape a nested series of interior and exterior spaces that heighten awareness of the existing buildings.
The building provides open, efficient and adaptable wet/dry research laboratories arranged to support interdisciplinary research clusters in Biology, Environmental Science, Engineering, Neuroscience and Computational Research. Within the clusters, a high-low energy strategy was developed where energy intensive open labs and lab support areas are wrapped in a low-energy buffer comprised of separated write-up zones and naturally ventilated offices, collaboration areas and corridors. Rigorous programming and energy modelling validated the use of high efficiency radiant panels and chilled beams throughout the building and enabled lighting power density and plug loads to be minimized. On the exterior, a triple glazed façade eliminates the need for perimeter heating while building geometry and overhangs work in conjunction with glare control mechanisms to minimize summer heat gain. The SEC is tracking LEED Gold, and has 77% reduction in energy use.
reduction in lighting power density
of the building is daylit
112 KBTU/SF per year in energy use intensity, which is equal to the energy use of 606 homes
of building occupants have individual lighting controls
reduction in water for landscape irrigation
32% reduction in water use, which is equal to 1,165 bathtubs of water
of the wood is sustainability harvested