Center for Predictive Medicine Sustainability Initiatives
Building Features and Provisions to Protect and Enhance the Environment
- An erosion and sedimentation control plan was implemented to prevent loss of soil during construction by storm water runoff and wind erosion.
- Public transportation access is provided by bus stops located adjacent to the facility.
- Bicycle use is encouraged by the inclusion of a storage rack outside the building and a shower and changing facility within the building for users.
- Preferred parking is provided for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles to encourage their use.
- Parking capacity is sized to meet minimum local zoning requirements and preferred parking is provided for carpools.
- Protection and retainage of the existing natural habitat is utilized to limit extensive regrading.
- A combination of at least 50% of the site landscape, roads, sidewalks and parking lots use paving materials with a solar reflectance index of at least 29 to limit heat island effect.
- Roofing materials with a solar reflectance index of greater than 78 are used to limit heat island effect from roof materials.
- Native plants and plants that require little water reduce the amount of potable water used for landscaping by 50%.
- Water efficient landscaping is installed that is not dependent upon permanent irrigation systems.
- High efficiency fixtures are utilized to achieve a 20% reduction of potable water use.
- Gray-water and storm water use strategies are utilized to achieve a 30% reduction of potable water use.
Energy & Atmosphere
- Building Energy Systems were included in the commissioning of the project.
- An Energy Cost Budget Model was developed during the design phase to guide decisions toward a more energy efficient building. This performance model results in energy cost savings to the owner as well as conservation of energy supplies.
- No CFC based refrigerants are used in this facility. Refrigerants are used that minimize or eliminate the emission of compounds that contribute to ozone depletion and global warming.
- Solar photovoltaic panels are located on the roof of the facility to provide electrical power for a portion of the lighting within the building.
- Commissioning for this facility is enhanced to address sustainability issues.
- Measurement and Verification control sensors are strategically placed to integrate with the overall building management system.
- The University of Louisville has entered into a contract to purchase Green-e Renewable Energy for this facility.
Materials & Resources
- Designated areas for collection of recyclable materials are provided within the facility.
- During the construction phase the contractor implemented salvage and recycle plan for non-hazardous construction waste which included sorting and measurement of construction waste to be recycled.
- Materials with recycled content were used in the construction process.
- Materials that have been extracted, harvested or recovered as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project site were used in the construction process.
- A minimum of 50% of wood used in construction was certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council’s principles and criteria.
Indoor Environmental Quality
- The Indoor Air Quality performance requirements of ASHRAE 62.1-2004 Ventilation for Acceptable Air Quality were used in the design of the ventilation rate procedures.
- Smoking is prohibited within the facility. This included the construction phase.
- Direct outdoor airflow measurement devices are installed to provide feedback on the performance of the ventilation system
- Additional outdoor air ventilation is provided for east side office areas.
- An Indoor Air Quality Management Plan was implemented during construction and the pre-occupancy phase. This included a full flush-out of the facility with 100% outside air prior to occupancy.
- All adhesives and sealants used on the interior of the building met rigorous requirements of VOC limits.
- Only low-VOC paints and coatings were used throughout the facility.
- All carpet and cushion installed in the facility meet the requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label Program.
- No added urea-formaldehyde resins were used in any of the plywood, particleboard, mdf, door cores or other composite wood products in the facility.
- Indoor chemical and pollutant source control is provided. All spaces containing hazardous gases or materials will be negatively pressurized. Spaces will also contain self-closing doors, floor to deck partition or a hard lid ceiling. Prior to occupancy of the building all regularly occupied spaces are provided with filtration media that provides a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value of 13 or better.
- With the exception of holding rooms, all rooms have occupant controlled lighting.
- Comfort controls are provided for a minimum of 50% of the building occupants and all shared-multi-occupant spaces.
- HVAC systems and the building envelope are designed to comply with ASHRAE 55-2004 Thermal Comfort Conditions for Human Occupancy.
The design of the facility was conducted by LEED Accredited professional engineers and architects.