Wright State University has collaborated with BHDP Architecture and Heapy Engineering to construct a new 45,000 square-foot sciences building. Research laboratories typically consume four times more energy than a normal classroom building. Therefore, Wright State University has decided to use LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as a guide in constructing Bio-Sciences III using energy-efficient practices that are at the forefront of "green" building design. This facility will be one of the first university research laboratories registered under LEED in the State of Ohio. In addition to energy reduction the building will conserve water, create an sustainable indoor environment, improve occupant comfort, and above all teach students and visitors about environmental stewardship. Highlights of these green building technologies include:
- Approximately 30% reduction in water use by implementing waterless urinals and low flow lavatories and other plumbing fixtures.
- A significant reduction in heat island effect by using an Energy Star based roof and minimizing the use of impervious surfaces.
- Day lighting is available to 75% of occupied space within the building through the extensive use of vertical glazing.
- Sunshading devices that help to manage solar gain
- Low VOC emitting adhesives and sealants, paints, carpet, and composite wood are used throughout.
- At least 75% of the waste created from construction/demolition will be recycled or salvaged and therefore diverted from disposal in landfills and incinerators.
- Energy consumption will be reduced through the use of heat recovery, efficient HVAC equipment, and increased insulation.
- The building will provide continuous accountability of energy consumption over time through measurement and verification to the building users.
For more information on the LEED program please visit the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) website.
For information on the registered project details with the U.S. Green Building Council visit the LEED webpage.