Keeping up with Campus Climate Commitments: The Cape Cod Community College Wilkens Science Center
Many colleges, universities, corporations, and institutions have established goals for carbon neutrality within the next 30 years, and made progress reducing energy consumption while continuing to grow. Few of these institutions have committed to net zero energy labs, or used their labs as a catalyst for significant campus progress on climate commitments. The new Wilkens Science Center at Cape Cod Community College is an example of a design team and owner collaborating to exceed these climate commitments in the design of this net positive energy, all-electric, low-embodied carbon lab.
This presentation will review the case study of innovative programming, materials, lab controls, and systems design strategies; the impact these strategies had on the carbon footprint of the project; and how attendees can apply these lessons to their own projects.
- Learn to assess system options for a project to achieve carbon reduction, resiliency, and net zero goals;
- Be able to weigh the relative impacts of both operational and embodied carbon of their design decisions;
- Apply lessons about laboratory programming and controls to minimize energy use; and
- Learn how to utilize cost-effective strategies for energy and embodied carbon reduction and renewable energy production.
- Patrick Murphy (Vanderweil)
- Jim Collins (Payette)