The first zero net energy building designed for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the 60,000-square-foot integrated Health Professions/Student Services Building will produce as much energy on site as it consumes.
Central to Nitsch Engineering’s civil/site design solutions were the incorporation of on-site ecosystems, such as bioswales in the new parking areas, the creation of a central south-facing courtyard, and a second-level green roof garden to collect rainwater and reduce the heat sink effect. The green roof also creates visual interest and serves as an educational learning experience for the students as a study tool in the curriculum.
Other sustainable design elements contributing to this net zero building include:
- Building orientation
- Maximized natural daylight
- Fenestration regulated by sun shades and light shelves
- Rain gardens
- Chilled beams
- Geothermal energy technologies
- Energy efficient lighting
- Photo-voltaic panels harvesting solar energy