Merrill Environmental Center: the Greenest Building Ever?

by , 08/16/10

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Rainwater is collected from the Merrill Environmental Center’s roofs and is stored in three large exposed cisterns that supply about 84% of the office’s water needs. A 2 kW solar system on the roof supplies solar energy, while a geothermal heat pump provides energy to efficiently heat and cool the office. Solar passive design, natural ventilation, daylighting, tight insulation and low-e windows also play a big role in the energy-efficient design. The CBF headquarters use 59% less energy than other office buildings this size, which was determined during a year long testing and monitoring phase after the building was commissioned in 2001.

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  1. zachd August 17, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    The building is truly special, beautiful in all aspects. They\’ve also added green roof and use strictly \”enviro-friendly\” stains, paints, and insecticides. The property also hosts osprey nests(one use to have camera feed!) and an apiary.

    Like I said, special.

  2. mike_kohn August 17, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Wow, what a great feature on the Environmental Center! Thanks so much for writing this up, Bridgette. All of us here at SmithGroup put a lot of value on sustainability and this project is one of the best examples of that.

    It’s really incredible in person. If you have a chance to check it out, it’s worth the trip. Personally, one of my favorite features is that its location on the Chesapeake Bay allows some employees to commute by kayak.

    Thanks again!

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