Sustainable Design for Science Labs
The new Science Building is designed to exceed the Tennessee Sustainable Design Guidelines. Because of their laboratory fume hood systems, science facilities typically require a significantly greater amount of heating and cooling of make-up air than other academic buildings. In addition to a variety of energy-efficiency strategies and features, this building uses low-flow hoods with variable-air-valve applications to conserve energy by adjusting airflow according to hood usage. Waste energy from exhaust air is also captured and reused by energy recovery loops, further reducing building load.