Solar-powered laboratory in California makes the forensics green
HOK Designhas developed a sustainable office building in San Matao, California,which will function as a forensic laboratory and Coroner’s office. Thedesign firm believes that even a small forensic lab with a humblebudget can be sensitive to the environment and also provide a green andfresh place to work.
Thefacility is powered by 22,000-sq-ft solar array that feeds in the gridduring the day. Apart from the use of solar energy, the overallfacility has been designed with some eco-fabulous systems that reduceits carbon footprint.
Thesesystems include daylight harvesting, advanced lighting controls withoccupancy sensors and photocells, natural ventilation using operablewindows, energy-efficient VAV fume hoods HVAC systems. The building hasbeen developed using sustainable materials. However, with no backupmechanism installed, the building runs on grid electricity duringnighttime or overcast conditions.
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