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Syracuse’s Green-Roofed “Kinky” Lab Cuts Energy Use in Half

Posted By Lori Zimmer On April 21, 2011 @ 2:33 pm In Architecture,gallery,Sustainable Building | No Comments

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Most buildings use energy-sucking, complex climate control systems [6] to keep things cool or warm, but in the Kinky building heating and cooling is controlled with hanging panels that use water to regulate the temperature. The innovative panels use less energy than all-air systems [7], and require less fans and no Freon. In addition to this energy-saving air system, the Kinky also boasts an energy-conscious daylighting system and a sloping green roof covered in plants that extends from the entrance and climbs to the third floor labs.

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The window blinds of the building [8] have been designed to be in tune with the angle of the sun to prevent glare and reduce heating. The unique design also optimizes interior daylight [9] and reduces the need to turn on overhead lights during the day.

In the labs, air quality is of utmost importance, as researchers interact with a range of chemicals on a daily basis. Each lab features air testing equipment that measures air quality, signaling when fresh air needs to be filtered in.

Mori also designed the building with future energy [10] costs in mind – the lab uses less than half of the energy of a typical American lab. These energy conservation efforts ensure that this building is built to last.

+ Toshiko Mori [5]

Via Archinect [11]


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[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/syracuses-green-roofed-kinky-lab-cuts-energy-use-in-half/toshiko-mori-syracuse-center1/?extend=1

[3] Syracuse Center for Excellence: http://www.syracusecoe.org/coe/

[4] laboratory complex: http://inhabitat.com/former-airbase-transformed-into-leed-gold-asu-polytechnic-campus/

[5] Toshiko Mori: http://www.tmarch.com/projects/institutional/syracuse_center_of_excellence/2

[6] climate control systems: http://inhabitat.com/flowing-medellin-sports-coliseum-keeps-its-cool-with-a-laser-cut-facade/

[7] all-air systems: http://inhabitat.com/the-marcus-house-is-a-breezy-beach-bungalow-that-needs-no-air-conditioning-at-all/

[8] building: http://www.inhabitat.com/architecture

[9] daylight: http://www.inhabitat.com/lighting

[10] energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy

[11] Archinect: http://archinect.com/news/article/3583075/kinky-building-by-toshiko-mori-gets-bloomberg-highlight

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