Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Sustainable Whole Building Approach
The FEMP design analysis employed a whole building approach to the design through the use of modeling software and the simulation of the sustainable design strategies to determine the interdependence of the techniques. This process resulted in the most economical and life-cycle cost effective design.
In addition, to the sustainable energy and water conservation measures and renewable energy technologies discussed above the following sustainable strategies were also integrated into the new design
- Storm Water Quantity and Quality Control: The impervious area of the addition was reduced by creating a vegetated roof system. The native plant materials and soil not only slow down the flow of runoff water during a rain event, but also absorb the water reducing the amount of contaminants carried to water systems.
- Reduce Habitat Disruption: The vegetated roof system at the addition replaces habitat that was disturbed by the project.
- Light Pollution Reduction: Site lighting was designed to the minimum levels required for safety. Fixtures where chosen that direct the light downward to ensure the visual access to the night sky and to prevent the disruption of nocturnal animal habitats.
- Rain Garden: Rain water collected from roof drains is directed to a landscaped swale allowing the water to infiltrate on site and connecting building occupants to the water cycle.
- Low Emitting Materials: Paint systems were specified to have zero harmful VOC gases ensuring the health of the applicator and the occupants of the building. Formaldehyde free products were used to prevent harmful off-gassing from polluting the indoor air quality.
- Non-Toxic Materials: Materials that produce toxins during their manufacture, during their use and at the end of their useful lives where avoided to ensure the health of the building occupants and the health of the planet.
- Daylight and Views: The addition is designed with access to natural light and views connecting building occupants to the environment and minimizing the energy required by artificial lights.
- Recycled Content: Carpet, ceiling tiles and gypsum wall board were all specified to have a high level of recycled content thereby reducing the demand on harvesting virgin materials and reducing the burden on our landfills.
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