Physical Sciences Building
LEED Certified Gold
The Physical Sciences Building is one of the most energy-efficient on Campus. Laboratory designers focused on ‘right-sizing’ all equipment for the PSB building, resulting in very low projected energy usage.
On the LEED-certified scorecard, Physical Sciences Building scored 47 out of 69 possible points. For a full breakdown, review the report on the US Green Buildings Certification (USGBC) website.
|Sustainable Sites||Water Efficiency||Energy & Atmosphere||Materials & Resources||Indoor Environmental Quality||Innovation & Design||Accredited Professional|
|Points Earned||10 / 14||4 / 5||11 / 17||5 / 13||11 / 15||4 / 4||1 / 1|
The building is equipped with sensors that increase or decrease ventilation based on whether the space is occupied. Air from office spaces is also reused in lab spaces, as this air has been preheated or cooled. Finally, before being exhausted outdoors, a heat recovery system recaptures a portion of the heat energy, which is then used to temper the incoming fresh air.
Other efficiency measures include a white roofing system, light-colored paving to reduce heat gain in the building and a rainwater capture system for irrigation in the Rockefeller terrace plantings. In addition, the project site is an infill location: It shares walls with two existing buildings, improving thermal performance of both the older buildings by reducing exterior walls that can lose heat.
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