Relying only on current solar income
“The intent of the Energy Petal is to signal a new age of design, wherein the built environment relies solely on renewable forms of energy and operates year-round in a safe, pollution-free manner. In addition, it aims to prioritize reductions and optimization before technological solutions are applied to eliminate wasteful spending—of energy, resources, and dollars.” International Living Future Institute
One hundred five percent of the project’s energy needs must be supplied by on-site renewable energy on a net annual basis, without the use of on-site combustion.
Imperative: Net Positive Energy
Design approach includes:
- Installing 913 Solar Panels on site to collect solar energy and use for building needs (expected to generate 328 kW). The energy model will be carefully monitored during the building lifecycle to meet the petal requirements. The building will produce more than 105% required energy. The additional energy produced will be fed into the campus’ power grid.
- Incorporating the large area needed for PV array as a key design feature for the building. The solar overhang spans past the buildings edge to create a porch setting, which provides shade for the West façade, provides a micro-climate to ease interior and exterior transition, and provides a civic and social space for community.
- Leveraging mechanical systems including radiant heating and cooling system in the flooring throughout most of the building, a DOAS (Dedicated Outdoor Air System), and ceiling fans for air circulation.
- Utilizing architectural features such as continuous insulation, triple pane glazing, and a tight building envelope to enable the low energy systems mentioned above.