As Rockefeller maintains and improves facilities, there is a commitment to make choices in construction design and materials that lessen the impact on the environment.
Collaborative Research Center
The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) is scheduled to earn a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council after Flexner Hall is finished in 2012. A LEED certificate indicates that the CRC has met the nationally accepted benchmarks for the design, construction and operation of a high-performance green building.
The CRC is designed to utilize natural light and includes:
- Reclamation of energy from laboratory exhaust air.
- Dehumidification equipment to assist with air conditioning.
- High-efficiency transformers to reduce electrical waste.
- High-performance windows to increase thermal efficiency.
- High-performance insulation to increase thermal efficiency.
- Recycled construction materials.
- Areas for equipment that generate heat located away from offices and benches so less air conditioning will be necessary.
- Building materials that do not create off-gassing made from recycled materials and manufactured locally, when possible.
- Renovation of two existing buildings, Flexner Hall and Theobold Smith Hall, which uses significantly less energy than building new ones.
- Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, which is composed of less oil and more water, is used whenever possible.
- Recycled construction materials are used whenever possible.
- Building materials that do not create off-gassing are used whenever possible.
- Locally or regionally manufactured materials are used whenever possible.
Did you know...?
The global market size of plastic consumables by research laboratories is estimated at $5 billion per year. Polystyrene, polypropylene and polycarbonate plastics — all petroleum based and few recyclable — form lab materials from petri dishes to test tube stands.