Conceived as a high school science building dedicated to the study of alternative energy, the new energy lab functions as a zero-net-energy, fully sustainable building and will be the first K-12 school facility in the world to meet the Living Building Challenge.
Its configuration facilitates scientific study both indoors COST PER SQ FT$445.00CITATIONSpecial CitationFEATURED IN2010 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized out, linking interior spaces with the Hawaiian landscape. Lab spaces were designed to encourage student discovery, exploration and experimentation. Program requirements included subdivisible project rooms, adaptable work-stations, a laboratory, monitoring room, director’s office and conference room.
Sited to utilize the strong trade winds for ventilation as well as a teaching tool in the study of wind, its due southern exposure optimizes the use of solar panels and photovoltaic cells. The building uses only 30 percent of the power it generates, metering back all excess power to the campus grid.
Naturally ventilated, the building employs experimental radiant cooling systems as an alternative to air conditioning. The facility captures and filters rain water for potable water and wastewater, and generates hot water from solar thermal panels. Its custom-designed automation system self-regulates cooling/heating, water systems and energy generation.
“This building practices what it preaches: It is a wonderful teaching tool.”--2010 jury