Energy + Performance
Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society aspires to be the world’s premier institute for transforming humankind’s understanding of energy issues. The design is the result of intensive collaboration among the members of the design team,and was initiated by a commitment from Dartmouth College to achieve a high-performance building.
The building façade is optimized for daylight and passive building systems. A prominent glass volume supports and expresses the workings of the natural ventilation system. Use of healthy materials, onsite renewables, and reduction of embodied carbon are several of the project’s other goals. The current target for this project is an EUI of 18-22.
The building systems are designed to not only minimize energy usage at the building, but also to minimize peak loads. The overall strategy for the building includes the integral role of the occupants and their behavior, as natural ventilation is a key element of that strategy.