Environmental Performance

Page Layout: Zero Carbon Building, Closing the Water Cycle, Material Resource

Zero Carbon Builing

Goal: Zero net carbon emissions due to operational and embodied energy use over the course of a year

Through effective design of the building envelope, selection of water and lighting fixtures, and smart use by residents, energy consumption should be 20% below the current best-performing row house on campus. Heat delivery and on-site energy production will engage a combination of traditional (ex. radiant heating) and experimental (ex. shower water heat recovery) systems to provide thermal comfort and power efficiency. A Zero Carbon building - one that produces enough energy to offset its greenhouse gas impacts - is achievable through an integration of simple, cost-effective energy saving strategies and innovative energy generation technologies.


Closing the Water Cycle

Goal: Reduce water use, capture rainwater, and recycle water within the building to ultimately eliminate the import of potable water and the export of wastewater

As techniques and monitored results improve over time, bolder sources and uses of recycled water will be incorporated, pending approval by local jurisdictions.

Material Resources

Goal: Cut the embodied energy of building materials in half while reducing earthquake losses through high-performance structural design

A high-performance steel structure will ensure that the building will not end up in a landfill when the next big earthquake strikes. Low-cement concrete will complement other low-embodied energy, salvaged, or renewable materials in improving the project's impact on climate and ecosystems. Research in sensing, materials, and structural systems will be integrated into the design to provide a testing ground for ongoing research within the structural engineering department.

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