TS08 - Sustainability in Cambridge’s Life Science Market

Saturday, November 11 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Abstract Text:

This tour will explore high-performance, green buildings at the center of academic research and life science innovation in Cambridge at the tip of the MIT campus. Visit a number of certified LEED buildings and reimagined public spaces. The Sidney Research Campus, composed of existing buildings, has been revived into a campus of buildings with life science tenants. 200 Sidney was renovated in 2016. 40 Erie, which was a shipping facility in the first half of the 20th century, now houses three life science companies and a café. The parking area has been transformed into a landscaped plaza. High performance MEP systems include 100% outside air with heat recovery, high-plume VAV exhaust with heat recovery, high efficiency water-cooled chiller plant, and high efficiency condensing boiler hot water plant. On the northeastern edge of the MIT campus, Kendall Square Building B Laboratory houses biotechnology research laboratory and office space. Façade design includes maximizing natural light, exterior sunscreens, differing window frit patterns, and natural ventilation via actuated glass louvers. 450 Kendall Street, an office and lab building in Kendall Square, was designed to meet the programmatic need for openness and daylight while maintaining a high performing envelope with vision glass limited to 40%.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to discuss how to transform urban buildings into urban campuses that generate increased connectivity among buildings and with surrounding communities through the reuse of buildings, preservation of the urban fabric, and reductions to the carbon footprint.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to identify strategies to achieve LEED certification in urban mid-rise lab buildings.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to discuss strategies for upgrading end-of-life systems and increasing the energy efficiency of ventilation systems in core and shell lab buildings.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to explain the trade-offs in balancing energy goals and building transparency, including window to wall ratios, in glass facades.

Learning Level:

Level 400 - Mastery


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Event Type: Tour > Session