The ten acre campus has been designed to maximize the benefits of solar energy and will include 500,000 square feet of green space that will be open to the public.
The first building, which the team hopes will achieve LEED Platinum status, will comprise Cornell and Technion’s core learning space. And it’s going to be the greenest building the east coast has seen since the first wave of pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower in 1620!
Not only will it be built using recycled materials, but the solar-powered facility will maximize daylight through passive design and benefit from a digitally-operable ventilation system.
All other buildings, including housing for staff and students, a public atria and corporate space, will strive for a minimum of LEED Silver.
The four acre geothermal field will have 400 wells that will harvest the earth’s internal thermal power to heat and cool buildings and the solar array will generate a whopping 1.8 MW per day at peek!
An electrical power fuel cell will also contribute to the project’s grid independence.
In addition to plans to treat and recycle storm water, a bevy of green walls, green roofs, rain gardens and even an urban forest are in the pipeline.
Basically, Cornell and Technion are aiming for nothing short of the most amazing net-zero energy facility in all of America, and the biggest public green space in New York City.
Now… how about we bring more of this great green action to the Middle East?
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