Science Inventory

FOSTERING SUSTAINABILITY: DESIGNING A GREEN SCIENCE BUILDING AT A SMALL MAINE COLLEGE

Impact/Purpose:

The University of Maine at Machias is planning construction of a new science building to house programs in Biology, Environmental Studies and Marine Biology. The building will be designed to meet the LEED™ Green Building Rating System, focusing on reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. Other important LEED™ design considerations include reducing stormwater runoff, maximizing natural light and using environmentally friendly building materials, all while incorporating uniquely Maine features. Our remote location, cold climate, high heating and electricity costs, high transportation costs and the paucity of local contractors with expertise in this type of construction all add to the challenge of this project.

Description:

The overarching goal of the project ‘as to develop a feasibility study of building design and construction that takes into account the various local conditions, optimizes energy savings. use of building materials, and long term sustainability of the structure. The optimal site based on environmental impacts of the three possible building sites was determined. A list of feasible energy conservation measures including a green roof with low bush blueberries was developed. Of the alternative energy production methods investigated solar energy production is feasible while tidal. wave, and wind are not feasible for our location A lean-to greenhouse that uses passive solar heating and gray water will be attached to the new building. however, it was determined that it would not he feasible to raise additional produce for campus use in the greenhouse. A Living Machine® is likely to be feasible. A list of environmentally friendly building materials was developed. In addition, a room with a bike rack and a room for recycling were added to the building to encourage alternative transport and recycling.

URLs/Downloads:

Final Progress Report

Record Details:

Record Type: PROJECT (ABSTRACT)
Start Date: 09/30/2004
Completion Date: 05/30/2005
Record ID: 87876

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH