2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2008 - 11th Annual

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Clean Technology 2008

Cleantech applied to green buildings: 2 USGBC’s LEED® case studies applied to clean energy research facilities

J. Ostafi
Flad Architects, US

green building, green construction

Flad has a long history of experience with sustainable design and the USGBC LEED® Rating System. Two of our current, notable projects not only support and advance clean energy research, but are also designed with clean technology solutions for facility energy generation and consumption. The facilities highlighted in our discussion will be Stony Brook University Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center, currently seeking LEED Platinum certification, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Alternative Fuel Vehicle Research Laboratory, currently seeking LEED Gold certification. Our discussion of these facilities will highlight the integration of cleantech and clean energy strategies employed in the design with the energy-related science taking place, as well as compare and contrast sustainable green design strategies. Stony Brook University Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center This state-of-the-art clean energy research center will forge partnerships between academic institutions, industry and department of energy laboratories to develop reliable, economical, renewable and efficient sources of energy through research, application and outreach programs. The facility will concentrate on supporting key scientific clean energy focus areas including renewable energy, hydrogen fuel cells, nanomaterials, and efficient manufacturing methods. The organizing idea for the facility is to provide a variety of flexible laboratory and technical spaces that are available to industry, university and national lab communities to perform highly specialized research focused on energy issues. Core facilities to support these flexible labs include analytical chemistry, microscopy, chemical synthesis, and biofuel labs. As an energy research facility, Stony Brook University has targeted a LEED Platinum rating. Several aggressive energy efficiency measures are currently being employed, including thermal ice storage, solarthermal and solar-electric, chilled beams, occupancy sensors coupled with demand ventilation, and enhanced energy recovery. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Alternative Fuel Vehicle Research Laboratory This cutting-edge emissions research and testing facility will allow scientists to research and implement data driven policies and regulations surrounding reductions of motor vehicle emissions. The environment is designed to accommodate conventional and alternative fuel testing in a wide range of vehicular and engine configurations and endurances. The project mandate is to not only protect the environment, but also to display and utilize sustainable design throughout its life cycle. Specific highlights include: innovative technologies such as electrical power regeneration from process testing, geo-thermal load shedding, and bio-based insulation. Photo voltaic cells will be incorporated to enhance electrical usage for fuel cell back-up power regeneration.

Nanotech 2008 Conference Program Abstract