28 Aug '11, 4am

GPW: Duke University Ocean Conservation Center (OCC) - Greenroofs.com (blog)

GPW: Duke University Ocean Conservation Center (OCC) - Greenroofs.com (blog)

Site Design – The entire site is designed to take advantage of prevailing winds and sunlight. Native plants and a constructed sand dune system are in place, mimicking the natural landscapes on the adjacent barrier islands. Energy Supply – The OCC uses photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight for approximately 20% of the energy needs of the building, and passive solar for heating the water used in the building. Heating and Cooling – The OCC uses a geothermal circulation system, taking advantage of the constant temperature of the groundwater below the building, for heating and cooling, supplemented by a conventional heat pump system. All air systems re-circulate air for maximum efficiency. Innovative Materials – The exterior of the laboratory portion of the OCC and the interior ceilings are a material called Windscreen, a concrete-based material that is 90% heat and light refl...

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