Bridgette Meinhold

Stunning Zero Plus Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy

by , 06/28/10

hawaii preparatory academy, solar power, wind power, energy lab, flansburgh architects, LEED PlatinumPhoto credit ©Flansburgh Architects

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.

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2 Comments

  1. polaris kyo July 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Definitely jealous! +_+

  2. dano June 28, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    The design was by the architects but credit for the conceptual design goes to Dr. Bill Wiecking, who runs the Energy Lab and the computer lab. More details about the Energy Lab are http://www.hpa.edu/energylab and http://www.hpa.edu/energylab/about . Watch the video for more about what he envisions it to be and what it teaches. “We shape our buildings and our buildings shape us.” Note also that if you are on Hawai’i you can go on a tour of the lab.

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