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Stunning Zero Plus Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On June 28, 2010 @ 6:50 pm In Architecture,Environment,Green Building,Zero energy | 2 Comments
We're getting jealous here -- with all the absolutely gorgeous green schools popping up around the world, we're wishing we could go back to school. ArchDaily tells us that the Hawaii Preparatory Academy finished their new Energy Lab in January, which not only produces more power than it needs, but also serves to educate students on renewable energy and sustainability. It's also incredibly beautiful and set on the hills of the big island in Hawaii right outside of Waimea. Designed by Boston-based Flansburgh Architects, the Energy Lab is waiting for final confirmation of its LEED Platinum status as well as its Living Building Challenge certification.
The living laboratory is powered by renewable energy, with solar panels  on the roof and a couple small-scale wind turbines  on the hill behind the school. The Energy Lab actually only uses 8% of the power it generates, while the rest is fed into the grid and goes to power the rest of the buildings at the academy, making it a zero plus facility.
Photo 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.
Students who attend the Academy have the opportunity not only to study in a super sustainable building, but also learn from the technologies and systems inside. Direct connections to the outdoors are made available with outdoor teaching/learning areas, which provide inspiring views of the nearby Mauna Kea Volcano and the volcanic landscape creeping towards the ocean to the west. Being surrounded by such inspirational landscape as well as the super sustainable teaching facility  is sure to provide our next generation with a great education in sustainability, encouraging them to make a difference.
Via ArchDaily 
Photo credit ©Flansburgh Architects
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 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/28/stunning-zero-plus-energy-lab-at-hawaii-preparatory-academy/hawaii-preparatory-academy-6/
 solar panels: http://inhabitat.com../solar-power
 small-scale wind turbines: http://inhabitat.com/2008/06/10/architectural-wind-modular-wind-turbines/
 natural ventilation: http://inhabitat.com../tag/natural-ventilation
 daylighting: http://inhabitat.com../daylighting
 sustainable teaching facility: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/25/australias-first-zero-energy-teaching-and-research-building-unveiled/
 + Flansburgh Architects: http://www.faiarchitects.com/
 ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/64732/hawaii-preparatory-academy-energy-laboratory-flansburgh-architects/
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