Unisphere, located in a populated urban area, encompasses approximately 210,000 square feet of office space, virtual laboratories, retail and structured parking. Envisioned as a sustainable laboratory, innovative strategies to reduce energy use were incorporated including an earth labyrinth for passive heating and cooling, a geo-exchange system that required changing state regulations, a storm water heat recovery system, thermal pool and automated natural ventilation strategy. The innovation extended to construction of the project. A full-scale mock-up of the building automation system confirmed communication capabilities and identified potential issues earlier in the process. A robust integration strategy ensured that all major building systems could communicate including building automation, lighting control, power metering, electrochromic glazing and window automation. The facility is supported by a 1 MW solar array. This project will help to inform the next generation of zero net energy projects.
Learning Level: 400: Mastery