Stanford University’s Biomedical Innovation building’s lofty energy and water use reduction goals are coupled with the intense resource requirements needed to operate a 24-hour lab building. Atelier Ten worked with the team to minimize energy use and portable water use.
Atelier Ten developed a daylight design to maximize the floor area that receives useful daylight and reduces the amount of energy required to light the building. To achieve daylight levels that are high enough not to require electric lighting, yet low enough to avoid glare for occupants, Atelier Ten focused on locating the regularly occupied workspaces at the perimeter of the building.
Atelier Ten provided whole building energy modeling to test a variety of energy efficiency measures to drive energy use reduction. The project features high performance walls and glazing, 40% lighting power density reduction, 100% outside air VAV system and efficient fume hoods.
A major focus of the project was achieving 20% reduction in potable water use within the building. Atelier Ten recommended that the team look aggressively at water conservation and reuse, and future-proof the design in anticipation of future drought. Atelier Ten recommended combining rainwater and condensate to create the steadiest source of water to meet flushing demands.