Under the mentorship of Professor Robert J. Koester AIA LEED AP, teaching the spring 2010 Arch 502 Grad Studio, Design-for-Sustainability, graduate students Erin Chapman, Jason Klinker, and Andrew Hesterman received a first place award for their sustainable training center in the Leading Edge Student Design Competition. The Ball State team developed a zero net energy project focusing on adaptive forms and interactive building skins.
The sliding gridded glass roof of a covered atrium partially opens on hot days to aid passive stack ventilation cooling and fully closes on cooler days to increase heat gain, which warms the atrium and creates a more temperate buffer space between the chilly exterior and warm interior spaces.
Technical systems, such as adjustable photovoltaic panels and solar shading devices, are integrated into the center to achieve zero net energy.
The interactive building facade adapts to the varying seasons, minimizing heating and cooling loads while still allowing for ample daylight within the building.
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