- Open space promotes biodiversity.
- Native and water efficient landscaping with reclaimed water irrigation.
- Proximity to on-campus housing and eateries as well as ample bicycle and skateboard racks promotes alternative methods of transportation.
- Water pollution and disruption of natural water flow minimized through storm water management.
- Roofing and paving with high solar reflective index (SRI) values were used to eliminate the amount of heat emitted.
- All site landscaping uses non-potable water.
- Optimized access to daylight and views to exterior, while maintaining overall glazing on exterior envelope to 30%.
- Fritted glass shading fins reduce heat gain and glare while allowing daylight to penetrate into space.
- Building cantilevers self-shade glazed lower floors.
- Tubular skylights allow daytime use of gymnasium without any artificial lighting.
- 100% of storm water run-off is collected and filtered on site.
Plumbing and Mechanical
- Efficient plumbing fixtures reduce water use in the building by more than 25%.
- Entry walk-off grates continuously help remove/prevent contaminants.
- Lighting and thermal control systems provide a high level of individual comfort.
- Overall, the building is designed to use 30% less energy than the required standards.
- A stringent commissioning process ensures the systems are working properly, contributing to the building’s efficiency.
- Gym displacement ventilation via bleachers and entry portals.
- Building performs 30% better than Title 24 energy standards.
- Integration with campus chilled water loop and energy management systems.
- Energy Star cool roof kept free of mechanical equipment – designed to house a future 500kw photovoltaic array; enough to offset 30% of the building’s energy use.
- Bins are provided for recyclables such as glass, plastic, metals, cardboard and paper thus reducing the amount of waste.
- A high standard of construction waste management ensured over 80% of the waste from the site was either reused or recycled.
- Building materials on the project contain a high recycled content and many came from sources within 500 miles.
- Producers of wood building materials used environmentally responsible forest management. Composite wood products contain no added urea-formaldehyde.
- Indoor air quality is improved with natural ventilation.
- During construction, measures were taken to minimize or eliminate contaminants.
- The buildings went through a flush-out process which improved the air quality in the building.
- Low-emitting materials were used in all project adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, carpet and carpet padding.
- By providing increased ventilation, we have access to cleaner air in the building.
- Salvageable shoes can be fitted with new rubber soles and donated to camps and other organizations that have an opportunity to introduce the sport of climbing to youth.
Sustainable Design Tours of the BRIC are available and open to the public. For more information on tour schedules, please email Krista Smith.