Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, Energy Laboratory

65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road, Kamuela, Hawai‘i

Completed

2010

Awards

  • 2011 USGBC Hawai‘i Chapter, Outstanding Green Project Team Finalist
  • Living Building Challenge Certification (first certified school in the world)
  • 2011 ACECH Engineering Excellence Awards, Grand Conceptor Award
  • 2010 American Institute of Architects, Honolulu Chapter Award of Excellence and Members’ Choice Award (Flansburgh Architects)

The Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy Energy Lab was sited to use the strong trade winds for ventilation as well as a teaching tool in the study of wind and solar energy, the building uses only 30 percent of the power it generates, metering back all excess power to the campus grid. Belt Collins planners coordinate siting of the facility relative to the desired environmental conditions and the campus master plan. The Belt Collins civil engineering team then worked to address diversion of drainage from upslope areas, access to the site and on-site utility improvements and grading. All water used is collected from the roof and stored for a net-zero water use system. The LEED certification was based on green design and construction criteria focused on a whole-building approach to sustainability by addressing performance in key areas, including sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, locations and linkages, awareness and education, curriculum integration, innovation in design, and regional priority.

Conceived as a high school science building dedicated to the study of alternative energy, the Energy Lab at Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy functions as a zero-net energy, fully sustainable building. Belt Collins provided planning and civil engineering design services for this unique facility that is certified as a LEED Platinum building by the U.S. Green Building Council under the LEED for Schools 2.0 Rating System and meeting the Living Building Challenge.

Conceived as a high school science building dedicated to the study of alternative energy, the Energy Lab at Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy functions as a zero-net energy, fully sustainable building. Belt Collins provided planning and civil engineering design services for this unique facility that is certified as a LEED Platinum building by the U.S. Green Building Council under the LEED for Schools 2.0 Rating System and meeting the Living Building Challenge.

The Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy Energy Lab was sited to use the strong trade winds for ventilation as well as a teaching tool in the study of wind and solar energy, the building uses only 30 percent of the power it generates, metering back all excess power to the campus grid. Belt Collins planners coordinate siting of the facility relative to the desired environmental conditions and the campus master plan. The Belt Collins civil engineering team then worked to address diversion of drainage from upslope areas, access to the site and on-site utility improvements and grading. All water used is collected from the roof and stored for a net-zero water use system. The LEED certification was based on green design and construction criteria focused on a whole-building approach to sustainability by addressing performance in key areas, including sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, locations and linkages, awareness and education, curriculum integration, innovation in design, and regional priority.

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