The new award-winning Hawaii Preparatory Academy Science Building by Boston based Flansburgh Architects meets the Living Building Challenge requirements exceeding the threshold of USGBC’s Platinum LEED rating. The building produces all of it’s own energy, harvests all of it’s rainwater run-off for reuse, uses passive heating and cooling in all of it’s spaces and monitors and adjusts all of it’s own settings.
The Energy Lab, which the building houses was developed to teach Hawaii’s students about environmental issues and to encourage discovery, exploration and experimentation. The building itself has become the lab, using all of it’s advanced environmental systems as a tool for learning. The building features over 250 sensors that feed back into the Energy Lab “central brain,” monitoring all aspects of the building’s energy use, water use, heating & cooling, CO2 levels and air quality. The building self-regulates all of it’s consumption, optimizing it’s own effectiveness all while allowing the students to observe the outcome.