Boston's Largest, Net Zero Emissions, Fossil-Fuel Free Building

Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences Center

Project Overview

Boston University Computing & Data Sciences Center

The Green Engineer is the Sustainable Design Consultant and Energy Modeler for this 345,000 SF new academic facility for Boston University, that will accomodate the university's mathematics, statistics, and computer science programs. Designed to be at the forefront of sustainability, the project is targeting LEED NC v4 Platinum and Net Zero Emissions. Upon completion in 2022, it will be Boston’s largest, fossil-free building.

Innovation

Energy Efficiency

The Computing & Data Sciences Center combines the use of 100% renewable energy with an all-electric design and an aggressive approach to operational carbon reduction to achieve net zero emissions and a zero carbon footprint. The design utilizes geothermal energy - the most energy efficient heating system available - and a high efficiency heat exchanger to maximize the energy extraction of the ground source heat pumps. 31 geothermal wells are part of the systems design. No combustion is necessary to operate this building.

Sustainability

Systems

The building systems have been extensively studied by the design team and have been selected to maximize energy efficiency while providing essential heating, cooling, and ventilation needs. Plumbing fixtures with low flush and flow rates will be specified to minimize the demand for potable water for sewage conveyance and process uses.

Details

Energy Conservation Measures

The design utilizes the following energy conservation measures (ECMs): diagonal louvers and “sawtooth” shading fins; triple-pane glazing; reduced interior lighting through the use of high efficiency LED fixtures; geothermal water to water heat pumps; active chilled beams; dedicated outdoor air system with high efficiency energy recovery; and low flow plumbing fixtures.