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
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.
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