Award-winning firm Flansburgh Architects put its philosophy "that well-designed buildings can improve the quality of our lives" to work on the Big Island of Hawaii in the design of Hawaii Preparatory Academy's Energy Laboratory. Working in collaboration with the owner, owner's project manager, an energy/sustainability consultant, a structural engineer, and a MEP engineer, the firm designed this 9,000-square-foot science facility with the goals of meeting the Living Building Challenge and achieving LEED Platinum certification.
Conceived as a living lab where students can learn about alternative energy and sustainability from studying the building itself, the Energy Lab generates all its power from wind and photovoltaic sources, collects and filters its drinking water and wastewater, and uses radiant cooling instead of conventional air conditioning. It was planned to maximize the benefits of the site, such as a southern exposure that optimizes the performance of solar thermal and photovoltaic panels. The building also features a custom automation system to regulate its cooling and heating systems, water, and energy generation.
Flansburgh used Vectorworks software in the creation of the project schematic, the design development, and the construction documents. In addition, the DWG files were exported from Vectorworks for energy modeling and environmental simulation.
The project has already won several awards, including the 2010 Excellence in Sustainable Design and Development Award--Honor Award for Integrated Design/Integrated Development, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu 2010 Award of Excellence, and the AIA Honolulu 2010 Jack C. Lipman Member's Choice Award.
We salute the team at Flansburgh Architects and their commitment to sustainability as they design environmentally responsible projects around the world. To see more photos of the HPA Energy Lab, please visit our Flickr page.