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Remarkably energy-efficient by design, the lab also utilizes solar passive design principles, daylighting and natural ventilation to reduce its energy needs. Rainwater is collected from the large sloping roofs, and the building is able to capture and filter all of its own drinking and wastewater. Energy models were used to determine the fenestration and shape of the building during design to maximize daylighting. Cooling is provided via an experimental radiant cooling system that runs water through roof panels at night and stores chilled water for use during the day.