TF04 - The Science and Engineering of Green

Friday, November 10 from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM | Tour Meet Desk (Lobby) « Back

Abstract Text:

Visit three high-performance science research and education facilities, all completed within the past year at prominent universities in the Boston area. The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex at Northeastern University, constructed on an urban brownfield site, features chilled beams, a solar wall assembly at the mechanical penthouse for pre-heating air intake and a form-defining sunshade system, optimized by using parametric modeling to predict the screen's solar performance. The complex is designed to use 75% less energy than a typical intensive research building (103 EUI). The Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering at Boston University is designed for resiliency with no mechanical systems below projected end-of-century flood plain levels, and includes water conservation measures and a photovoltaic-ready roof infrastructure. Energy use is projected at 29% below code and water use at 36% below code. The Science and Engineering Complex at Tufts University, in the heart of the campus, meets the 2030 Commitment energy use target with a projected 54% reduction from code (77% reduction compared to a typical lab building). Features include radiant panels and chilled beams, triple-glazed exterior façade, high efficiency heat recovery, integrated solar and glare control, natural ventilation in office and public spaces and sustainable landscaping. Tour restrictions: This tour includes secure research buildings. Some areas will have restricted access and photography will not be permitted in certain areas, so please check with tour leaders before taking pictures.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to explain the biggest drivers of energy use in science and laboratory facilities and identify stategies to minimize their impact.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to discuss how the parametric study and modeling of a facade's sunshade system can optimize solar shading and reduce building mechanical loads.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to evaluate how resiliency planning affects overall building systems and design.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to explain how technologies such as chilled beams, radiant panels and high performance heat recovery work and the benefits they can provide to a facility.

Learning Level:

Level 300 - Application/Implementation


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Event Type: Tour > Session