The building is not only targeting an ambitious LEED Platinum certification, but also the aspiration of net-zero energy levels as part of the campus’s broader sustainability program.
Using a stepped approach to reach the project’s low-energy goals, the design team’s first priority was reducing energy demand as much as possible through both load reductions and passive- and energy-efficient design, with renewable energy then employed to power much of the building’s systems. Complementing the careful design to work towards the goal of net-zero standards is the consideration of smart building design. Arup worked closely with Cornell Tech and Morphosis to insure the building itself could be used as a teaching tool for smart buildings, big data, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and other applications. All of the building data from every system will contribute to a “data lake” from which students, researchers, and instructors can create products, applications, and experiments for the built environment.