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1 The Living Learning Center at Tyson Research Center and the Impact on a Campus Deborah Singer Howard, SUNY Director of Sustainability

2 A 2,000 acre outdoor laboratory, Tyson provides a living landscape for environmental research, education, and outreach. Washington University’s Tyson Research Center

3 Sustainable Building Certification Programs LIVING BUILDING LEED CERTIFIED LEED SILVER LEED GOLD LEED PLATINUM

4 The Living Building Challenge: Sustainable Performance Site Materials Water Energy Indoor Quality Beauty & Inspiration

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6 Rainwater collection

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8 The clean, odorless, user-friendly, almost waterless secret:

9 Net Zero Energy

10 Sizing the photovoltaic system Estimate building demand, match with estimated solar production – Building performance, roof aspect, building orientation, shading, panel efficiency, user behavior… Target: Production ≥ consumption over a 12- month period

11 Net Metering to “store” energy Production surplus: Export to grid Temporary deficit: Import from grid

12 Annual Net Zero Energy Purchase electricity Sell back surplus

13 HVAC, energy, and building envelope audits – Infiltration – Windows, doors – Insulation – HVAC design and performance – Design features with performance trade-offs Winter : Time for some adjustments

14 Addition of 2.82 kW of tracking panels

15 Buildings can be restorative

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17 Red cedar siding from habitat restoration

18 Salvaged logs – Black walnut – White ash – Shagbark hickory – Red oak – White oak

19 Certification as a Living Building (2010)

20 New courses making use of Tyson: – Sustainable Textiles – Decoding Sustainability – Graduate Core Architecture Studio: Climate Responsive Building Strategies – Lightweight Prototypes – Landscape Architecture – Energy Alternatives – Sustainable Design – Freshman Seminar: “The Tyson Seminar” – Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics Come for the green building… …stay for the field station

21 New research interest NSF-funded project focusing on water quality in non-traditional drinking water systems (VA Tech) NSF proposal: Location-based sensing and controls of building HVAC systems (WUSTL) Undergraduate thesis on relative performance of ground-source vs air-source HVAC systems (WUSTL)

22 Since Spring 2009: 10-fold increase in university class visits and associated user-days Previously dominated by natural science users Now draw users from art; architecture; mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering; general studies seminars; mathematics; performing arts Tyson’s profile with WU admin has increased in proportion to these new users

23 Before and After

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