NAU Applied R&D

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NAU Applied Research & Development Facility

The Northern Arizona University (NAU) Applied Research & Development (ARD) Facility is arguably the most sustainable laboratory building in the world. This signature 61,000 SF facility brings together groups for research, study and application of sustainable technologies. NAU assembled a world-class sustainability team for this project, identifying the goal of LEED Platinum certification from the start. The project was delivered as Construction Manager At Risk (CMAR), enabling the contractor to provide valuable cost estimates during the design phase. Cost input and experience was essential in preserving the goal of Platinum certification. The Commissioning Agent & Energy Modeler were also involved in the design, which was extremely valuable when exploring new technologies such as underfloor air distribution, a vegetated green roof and a radiant floor heating system.


Sustainable Strategies

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

  • Architectural shading features control solar heat gain

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

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

  • Wood products used in the project were harvested from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests

Project Results

  • LEED for New Construction Platinum¬†level achieved

  • 92% energy cost savings above ASHRAE 90.1-1999 energy standard

  • 44% of building’s power provided by onsite solar energy generation

  • 69% reduction of potable water for domestic use

  • 91% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill

NAU Applied R&D Facility_LEED Facts

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