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

EPA Grant Number: SU833201
Title: The Green Dorm: A Sustainable Residence and Living Laboratory for Stanford University
Investigators: Fischer, Martin , Masters, Gil
Institution: Stanford University
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Phase: II
Project Period: September 1, 2006 through August 31, 2009
Project Amount: $75,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet - Phase 2 (2006) Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Built Environment , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability


The Lotus Living Laboratory at Stanford University is exploring sustainable building technologies and sustainable living habits through the design, construction and operation of The Green Dorm, an innovative facility containing residential, laboratory and commons space. Both the design process and resulting physical spaces will model innovative systems that engage project participants and make apparent the connections between building users and resource cycles. The project will create networks of information and resources, both 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 building system function to better understand the relationships between building and users, and to develop performance-based code compliance. We hope our thorough documentation will influence future codes, thus extending the influence of our project and propagating ideas and pathways for enhancing sustainability in the built environment.


Phase II P3 funding will allow purchase of prototyping materials, building system components, metering equipment, and a computers and screens for further developing the Green Dorm Info Center and web-enabled data collection and storage. The development and sharing of sustainable pathways will continue through coursework, student internships and directed research. Stanford will also host a focused Living Labs conference in mid 2007.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this project: View all 2 publications for this project

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, TREATMENT/CONTROL, Sustainable Industry/Business, POLLUTION PREVENTION, Sustainable Environment, Energy, Technology, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Environmental Engineering, energy conservation, sustainable development, clean technologies, green design, performance based code compliance, environmental sustainability, environmental conscious construction, green building design, conservation, alternative energy source, architecture

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Phase 1 Abstract

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2007
  • 2008 Progress Report
  • Final Report

  • P3 Phase I:

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