ASU Biodesign Institute B

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Arizona State University Biodesign Institute, Building B

Interdisciplinary Research is at the heart of the Biodesign Institute project in Tempe. This Arizona State University (ASU) research facility was designed to improve human health and quality of life through use-inspired biosystems research and partnerships. Completed in 2006, this 175,860 SF laboratory/office building was the first to earn LEED Platinum certification in the State of Arizona.  Both Biodesign Institute Buildings A & B represent an awe-inspiring marriage between science and architecture. A four-story central atrium connects all levels to encourage communication and collaboration. Together, the buildings bring the disciplines of engineering, life sciences and technology into one intellectual gateway for discovery.  The Institute was created to provide a flexible, healthy work environment that will serve as a catalyst to productive change in science.


Sustainable Strategies

  • Generation of onsite renewable energy with a 166.8 kW photovoltaic (PV) system

  • 5,000 gallon cistern harvests enough water to eliminate use of potable water for irrigation

  • Occupancy sensors and permanent monitoring systems were installed to minimize energy use

  • High-performance, reflective roofing system reduces the Urban Heat Island Effect

  • Low-flow fixtures reduce domestic water use

  • Energy-efficient lighting and daylighting strategies reduce energy use

  • Low VOC-emitting materials for the building’s interior creates enhanced Indoor Environmental Quality

Project Results

  • LEED for New Construction Platinum level achieved

  • 1st LEED Platinum certified building in the State of Arizona

  • 58% energy cost savings above ASHRAE 90.1-1999 energy standard

  • 100% reduction of potable water use for irrigation

  • 80% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill

ASU Biodesign Institute, Building B_LEED Facts

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