The BRL has achieved LEED-Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system. This slideshow highlights just a few of the building’s many sustainable features.
RECYCLED CONTENT IN BUILDING MATERIALS Building materials were specified to contain the maximum amount of pre- and post-consumer recycled content.
WATER-EFFICIENT LANDSCAPING The BRL site incorporates switchgrasses, which are a common source of biomass used in bioeconomy research.
WATER-EFFICIENT LANDSCAPING The BRL's surrounding landscape is a combination of native plantings and adaptive vegetation which, once established, does not require supplemental watering.
ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION. Reduction in private vehicle usage reduces fuel consumption as well as air and water pollution. BRL provides bike racks and shower-changing facilities for staff to facilitate the use of alternative transportation.
WATER-EFFICIENT LANDSCAPING The BRL's "High Bay" has a "green" roof planted with native plants and grasses to retain the water collected on its surface.
WATER-EFFICIENT BUILDING The BRL uses low-flow toilet fixtures to reduce water consumption.
CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT Careful watch was placed on the amount of construction waste generated during construction of the BRL. With this project, 97 percent of construction waste was recycled, with only 3 percent of the debris directed to landfills.
DAYLIGHTING AND VIEWS The interior planning of the BRL maximized access to daylighting and views. The laboratories contain exterior windows and benches oriented perpendicular to the exterior wall, which allows the views and daylighting to stream into the core of the building.
DAYLIGHTING AND VIEWS High window head-heights permit direct light to penetrate deep into the building, reducing the need for electrical lights during the day.
LIGHT HARVESTING The lighting systems throughout the building use abmient light sensors to make full use of natural light and minimize the need for supplemental lighting.
REGIONALLY SOURCED BUILDING MATERIALS Materials that came from within a 500-mile radius were given preference in the construction of the BRL. Wood used in the building frame is documented from the forest, to the lumber mill, to our supplier, to the site. In the end, 40 percent of the materials were regionally sourced.
RECYCLED CONTENT IN BUILDING MATERIALS The aggregated total of all building materials used in the BRL contain over 30 percent recycled content.
BUILDING COMFORT / THERMAL COMFORT The BRL's offices and public spaces are thermally conditioned by a system called a chilled beam. These beams use chilled water in a series of coils. Ducted air is then pushed through the coils. This system requires less energy than traditionally conditioned air and saves money due to smaller duct work required.