TT01 - Technical Tour: John J. Sbrega Health & Science Building - A Look into Achieving ZNE

Wednesday, September 13 from 9:15 AM to 11:55 AM « Back

Located at the Bristol Community College (BCC) main campus, the 46,000 s/f, LEED Platinum certified facility is the largest Zero Net Energy (ZNE) classroom and science laboratory building in the Northeast winning regional and national awards for its innovative design and approach to sustainable construction. Its unique design allows the building to operate entirely on site-generated renewable energy.  The building features two stories of teaching laboratories, community spaces and interactive classrooms, joined by a central atrium. The building boasts the latest and most advanced technological resources available to educate BCC's students in the high-demand fields of nursing, dental hygiene, and life sciences. ZNE is a monumental achievement for any building, but especially one that houses a large amount of energy-consuming laboratory space. A holistic combination of technologies and strategies were developed, including dramatically reduced lighting and plug loads, a high-performance envelope, natural ventilation systems, wider indoor temperature range, localized cooling, filtration fume hoods, air quality sensing, reduced air changes, enthalpy wheel heat recovery, and a hybrid-source heat pump system. Enhanced monitoring and verification will also help to ensure efficient ongoing operation. Significantly, the ZNE design was achieved without increasing the budget, serving as an important benchmark for future campus development and a model for other institutions.

Upon completion of this tour, participants should be able to:
•Recognize the methods used to achieve ZNE for an energy-dense program in a cold climate
•Identify methods to offset a building’s energy consumption, from solar hot water production to efficient LED lighting
•Describe strategies to ensure efficient ongoing operation of a ZNE building, including enhanced monitoring and verification
•Discuss methods to achieve ZNE design without increasing the budget

Credits: 1.5 AIA LUs/HSW, 1.5 GBCI, .10 ICC

The tour will be led by Jacob Knowles, LEED AP (Director of Sustainable Design at Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers, LLC) and Nathan Butt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (Associate at Sasaki Associates, Inc.)

Rates $65, cost includes transportation.

Meet shuttle bus at exit across from security desk on lobby level of the convention center;   (Near the Dunkin Donuts side, backend side near Sabin Street) of Center. Bus departs promptly at 9:15am.

Schedule: Shuttle departs at 9:15am.  Tour is scheduled for 9:50am - 11:20am.  Shuttle arrives back at Convention Center around 11:55am.

If you have special needs or require an ADA compliant vehicle, please contact by September 6th.

Credits: 1.5 AIA LUs/HSW, 1.5 GBCI, .10 ICC

Education Tracks: Students/Young Professionals, Architect/Designer, Interior Designer, Contractor, Project Manager, Engineer, Manufacturer's Rep/Product Rep, Specifier, Building Owner/Manager

Event Type: Technical Tours > Event