Powerhouse Energy Campus
Completed in 2014, the Powerhouse Energy Campus is home to a variety of interdisciplinary laboratories and research spaces alongside offices and classrooms for CSU researchers, and space for partner companies and start-ups. The 100,000 sq. ft. LEED Platinum building serves as a model for sustainable building practices and innovative architecture and construction.
In 2015 the Powerhouse Energy Campus was awarded the Platinum Level certification from U.S. Green Building Council. Click here to learn more about the LEED green building certification program.
Innovative Features of the Powerhouse:
- Exterior insulation maximizes the performance of the thermal mass provided by the concrete structure.
- Triple glazed windows (two glass and an internal membrane) with coatings optimized to the orientation and location on the building.
- Fiberglass window frames on all windows, including the large curtain wall, offer higher insulation values over aluminum. They also ensure better long-term sealing, as the fiberglass and windows expand and contract at the same rate.
- The building’s thermal mass is so large, advanced controls with weather prediction determine heating and cooling needs.
- Radiant slab heating and cooling is delivered through the ceiling on all four levels.
- A cooling tower provides evaporative-cooled water to the slabs, replacing the need for a chiller.
- Heating is provided by a condensing boiler system utilizing variable speed pumps.
- Vertical axis wind turbines replaced the original smoke stacks.
- Ventilation air is delivered via raised flooring, conditioning the air as it moves over the slab.
- Custom LED lighting is fed by a 24-volt DC distribution system. The light bars mount to the structural steel which serves as the heat sink for the individual LEDs.
- 25kW of generation from thin film solar panels.
- Active daylight harvesting.
- 100% solid state lighting.