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Tour and Reception at Stanford University

Monday, September 15
5:00 – 9:30 p.m.

During this pre-conference evening tour, participants visited two of Stanford University's most unique and sustainable laboratory buildings: the new Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2) and the innovative Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Global Ecology (DGE). Participants got an up-close look at these facilities, which serve as excellent examples of sustainable laboratory engineering and design. Attendees enjoyed a reception at Y2E2's stunning outdoor courtyard—the perfect opportunity to relax and network with fellow attendees—followed by a tour of the two buildings.

When visitors first enter Y2E2, they are often overcome by a sense of awe and inspiration. The building's stone walls, covered arcades, and clay roof tiles intertwine old architectural themes with a modernized, sustainable design. The building functions as a living laboratory and provides an excellent learning environment for all students including engineers, biologists, and physicists. Y2E2's sustainable features are grouped into five categories: load reduction, passive systems, active systems, energy recovery, and on-site generation. Y2E2 is projected to use roughly half the energy and 90 percent less potable water for fixtures than a typical building of its size.

Just one block away from Y2E2 sits a 10,900-square-foot laboratory dedicated to the study of global climate change. Home to DGE and completed in 2004, the building features an innovative and energy-saving "mixed mode" ventilation system; in-floor heating and cooling coils; a range of sustainable construction materials; and extensive daylighting and energy-saving occupancy and light sensors. As a result of these features, the American Institute of Architects named it one of the group's annual Top Ten Green Projects in 2007.

Rumsey Engineers and EHDD Architects, the firms that designed the the Carnegie Institution, as well as Boora Architects and ARUP, the firms that designed Y2E2, were on-hand to guide participants through each building and provide a unique, insider's perspective.

View Stanford University's Fact Sheet (3 pp., 2.11 MB) about the Y2E2 Building that explains the sustainable features and design principles utilized.

Stanford University Tour Sponsors:

Rumsey Engineers

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Boora Architects


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Please note, EPA and DOE have granted conference cosponsor, I2SL, permission to use conference-related fundraising as a means of supporting I2SL's Labs21 2008 Annual Conference activities. Learn more about I2SL's sponsorship opportunities.

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