ZEN (Zero-Energy Nanotechnology) Building

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Albany, NY

Nanoscience Workplace Science & Technology

Atrium roof with ETFE pillows

ZEN is the largest zero energy-capable, mixed-use building in the United States. A grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority helped fund the analyses and design necessary for the building to approach net zero in such a way that ZEN could serve as a demonstration project. We served as design consultant for this design-build project.

The ZEN building supports a wide range of R&D activities and includes office space for research partners in business and industry, as well as teaching and flexible research spaces for faculty and students. Beneath an ultra-light ETFE roof system, formal and informal collaboration and social spaces create a dynamic 10,000 GSF community hub. The atrium light well harvests daylight to offset 70% of the building’s electrical consumption without adversely impacting building load. 

Building Facts

  • 360,000 GSF

Emerging Technologies

ZEN (Zero-Energy Nanotechnology) Building

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Thanks to the client's partnership with Japan's New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO), cutting-edge tech, energy-saving technologies have been installed in ZEN. This video from SUNY Poly showcases NEDO's tour of the facility.

Resource Efficiency

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