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

 
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.

Most buildings use energy-sucking, complex climate control systems 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, 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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