Jason Fierko, P.E, LEED APPrincipal
Whether new construction or adaptive reuse, energy efficient-high performance research buildings are the norm for the built environment. The challenge to conserve natural resources and lower construction and operating costs continues to drive choices in the industry. Some of the most progressive research facilities today integrate an array of sustainable planning and engineering strategies that help to mitigate energy consumption and overall construction/operational costs. The presentation will focus on how setting energy goals influences the choices the design team makes; viable strategies for achieving energy and sustainable design targets, and translating programming requirements into flexible, adaptable floor plans and building designs. Several case studies (both public and private institutions) will be included that demonstrate the importance of an integrated engineering design approach to achieve best outcomes.