School of Architecture StudentContributing to a Sustainable
University of Hawaii Campus AND Hawaii Institute of Marine BiologyMoving
Toward a Sustainable Future on Coconut Island
Stephen Meder, University of
Hawaii School of Architecture
Poster 1: School of Architecture StudentContributing
to a Sustainable University of Hawaii Campus
To illustrate the whole system approach to design that is being
undertaken by students at the University of Hawaii's School of Architecture.
Although the work, in this case, is not directed specifically to
a laboratory building, the investigations and preliminary designs
exemplify the resource and energy conservation considerations necessary
for high performance laboratories and low impact site design. Students
incorporating energy, resource efficiency, and renewable energy
applications today will be designing the innovative, high performance
labs of tomorrow.
The poster depicting the student's work will present analysis and
drawings for passive design strategies, innovative HVAC and renewable
energy systems, water conservation, and energy efficiency applications.
The poster will also demonstrate the students' ability to focus
specific design applications to effect large-scale environmental
Poster 2: Hawaii Institute of Marine BiologyMoving
Toward a Sustainable Future on Coconut Island
The University of Hawaii's Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and
Sea Grant Program are committed to the principles of sustainability
in the design and operation of new lab buildings, and in the renovation
of existing facilities.
As a centerpiece of this commitment, the university is planning
to build a new 15,000 square foot laboratory on Coconut Island,
joining a number of existing laboratories at the Hawaii Institute
of Marine Biology. The island, located just off the coast of Oahu,
is unique in that it is also a salt-water laboratory and the only
place in the world where a laboratory sits directly on top of a
living coral reef. The new facility will serve as a "living
laboratory" to test out new ideas and approaches. With over
1,000 scientists and 3,500 other visitors coming to the island each
year, the laboratory will also serve as a magnet for showcasing
sustainability through its demonstration laboratories and facilities.
The Center will serve as a model of sustainability for the university,
as well as the state of Hawaii and other coastal communities in
This poster will illustrate the principles behind the new laboratory
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology poster will reflect the existing
conditions in the laboratory and office spaces and project the improvement
in energy performance, resource conservation, indoor air quality,
and elevated quality of life that is expected to be delivered and
enjoyed in the new lab building.
Both posters illustrate the importance of design in the optimized
energy and resource use in laboratory buildings. Each poster reflects
the respective importance of education to achieving the goals of
improved quality of life through healthful, high performing lab
and university buildings.
Stephen Meder is
the Director of the Environmental Systems Laboratory at the University
of Hawaii, School of Architecture where he is a member of the faculty.
Meder has a Doctor of Architecture degree from the University of
Hawaii. He directs the school's energy and environmental research
projects and teaches sustainable architecture design to graduate
and undergraduate architecture students along with core classes
in hydraulics, lighting, and mechanical systems design. Meder was
recently a principal author for a U.S. Department of Energy publication
on energy efficient residential design entitled, "Field Guide
for Energy Performance and Comfort in Hawaii Homes". He was
a steering committee member for the recently completed "Hawaii
Built Green" home rating system for the Building Industry Association
of Hawaii. He is a member of the State of Hawaii Commercial Building
Guidelines Advisory Group, and was instrumental in initiating the
first Energy Efficient Mortgages and Residential Energy Star Programs
in Hawaii. He is past chair of the Energy and Environment Committee
of the Honolulu Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
(1999-03) and remains an active member of that committee.
Meder has designed building integrated photovoltaic systems for
the U.S. Navy, the United States Postal Service, and the Hawaii
utilities. He has conducted photovoltaic design workshops around
the state and is currently directing a study to assess the solar
energy potential on Hawaii's buildings. Meder was awarded a Federal
Energy Management Program (FEMP) 2001 Project of the Year Award
from the U.S. Department of Energy for his design work of the roof
integrated photovoltaic system at Pearl Harbor.
In 2002, Meder co-authored the University of Hawaii Charter of
Sustainability and has been very active in working to establish
programs to reduce water and energy demand on campus and to assist
in establishing the University of Hawaii as a model for a sustainable