J. Craig Venter Institute

The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) is a not-for-profit, research organization with approximately 300 scientist and staff dedicated to human, microbial, plant and environmental genomic research, and the exploration of social and ethical issues in genomics.  It includes flexible laboratories for molecular biology and provides support for cutting-edge computational biology.

Integral Group designed the mechanical system for the Institute’s new high performance genomics research laboratory, to achieve Net Zero energy usage. The laboratory is seeking to be “The first net zero energy lab in the world,” a net-zero energy, carbon neutral lab, without “buying” carbon offsets, and a minimum of 50% less energy use and on-site power generation. The design incorporates water efficient strategies, such as no runoff, 100% rainwater catchment on-site and water recycling; net-zero waste water and a reduction of domestic water demand by 50%. Rainwater is captured and re-used with mechanical filtering and UV disinfection. The entire electrical load is generated on-site from roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, in addition to optimized systems and plug loads, reducing the building’s full energy demand.

Other design elements include the use of a palette of local plant species, minimizing the need for maintenance, irrigation, or mowing, and the creation of a natural habitat for local wildlife. Natural air ventilation is provided to all offices as well as natural light to all occupied spaces, providing a superior interior environmental quality.

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