The Green Dorm: A Sustainable Residence and Living Laboratory for Stanford University

EPA Grant Number: SU832510
Title: The Green Dorm: A Sustainable Residence and Living Laboratory for Stanford University
Investigators: Fischer, Martin , Masters, Gil
Current Investigators: Fischer, Martin , Criddle, Craig C. , Luthy, Richard G. , Freyberg, David L. , Hildemann, Lynn M. , Boehm, Alexandria , Kiremidjian, Anne , Verplank, Bill , Thompson, Buzz , Nguyen, Chi , Miranda, Eduardo , Branch, Elanor , Ayaz, Engin , Masters, Gil , Koseff, Jeffrey , Haymaker, John , Ketterle, Jonas , Dietrich, Lauren , Lin, Mike , Mues, Pascal , Kreiner, Paul , Levis, Phil , Billington, Sarah , Klemmer, Scott , Matikainen, Sini
Institution: Stanford University
EPA Project Officer: Page, Angela
Phase: I
Project Period: September 30, 2005 through May 30, 2006
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2005) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Built Environment , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability


A great challenge to sustainability in the built environment is an absence of common knowledge about the true, life-cycle costs of building and operating systems to meet basic human needs. The Green Dorm Project at Stanford University explores sustainable building technologies and sustainable living habits through the design, construction and operation of an innovative facility containing residential, laboratory and commons space. Both the design process and resulting physical spaces will model accessible systems that engage participants and make apparent the connections between use patterns and resource cycles. The project will create networks of information and resources, the structure and content of which will be a tool for other sustainable development projects both locally and globally.

Central to the Green Dorm is an accurate building systems metering network that will feed a central database, rendering our "living laboratory" an ideal testing facility for innovative building system designs. Project participants will document system function to educate building and web users and to develop performance-based code compliance. We hope documentation of our methods will influence future codes and design guidelines, thus extending the influence of our project by sharing pathways for enhancing sustainability.

Concurrent with a professional feasibility study, the P3 grant will provide funds to purchase building system components, metering equipment, and a computer to act as a server for a comprehensive information management system. Site and resource system inquiry, metering prototyping, and information management will be explored through coursework, directed research and student internships with Stanford staff and design professionals.

Supplemental Keywords:

green design, adaptability, ecological planning, permaculture, biophyllic, building performance, components, high-performance materials, water filtration, fuel cells, photovoltaic, membrane bio-reactors, sensors, feedback, post occupancy evaluation, passive solar, orientation, thermal mass, lifecycle, ecological footprint, organic, locally sourced materials, design process,, RFA, Scientific Discipline, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, Sustainable Industry/Business, POLLUTION PREVENTION, Sustainable Environment, Energy, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Environmental Engineering, Social Science, energy conservation, living laboratory, cleaner production, performance based code compliance, ecological design, environmental conscious construction, green building design, alternative building technology, alternative materials, energy efficiency, engineering, pollution prevention design, environmentally conscious design, College dormitories, socio-technical feedback

Relevant Websites:

Phase 2 Abstract
Phase 2 2008 Annual Report

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report
  • P3 Phase II:

    The Green Dorm: A Sustainable Residence and Living Laboratory for Stanford University  | 2008 Progress Report  | Final Report