Laboratory Design Newsletter 2011 Selected Abstract


Green Net Zero Energy Life Style Science Park Prototype Design

Bruce Haxton, AIA, LEED AP®, Bruce McLean Haxton Architect
Rick Cantwell, P.E., Odell International, LLC
John Andary, P.E., LEED AP, Integral Group
Tom Kubala, The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc.
Michael Perciali, AIA, Michael Perciali Architect


Drawing of river, buildings, bridges, trees

The "Net Zero Energy Building Life Style Science Park" will be a live, work, play, and educate environment. Besides the inclusion of net zero energy, the design will include net water, net waste, and net food concepts. The concept of the presentation lies in the integration of net zero energy buildings, life style science parks, and green sustainable designs. The renewable energy systems illustrated within the project include: solar power, wind power, geothermal, water cooling, and cogeneration from waste.

Major sources of energy savings for the overall design will be achieved through the master planning building orientations, net zero energy buildings, facility cogeneration opportunities, and transportation energy savings with the live, work, play, and educate concept.

The master planning building orientations for the new net zero energy buildings will be designed with the long axis of the buildings in the east-west direction to reduce heat gain and facilitate natural daylighting. This orientation also should impact the site size and shape of the individual building site layouts, which in turn impacts the road patterns.

The net zero energy buildings will include the research facilities, as well as the entire integrated science park building types, including: campus, campus housing, offices, commercial, K-12 school, recreational facilities, technology incubators, and research laboratories. The buildings will all need to work together and rely on renewable energy from solar, wind, geothermal, water, and other renewable energy sources. These buildings will be designed first to conserve energy resources through passive means. Renewable energy sources will provide the energy that is needed for each facility.

There will be a concerted effort to reduce waste and promote recycling and reuse. The waste not recycled will be used for energy generation at the co-generation facility located in the southeast quadrant of the science park. Sewerage is anticipated to be turned into algae for use as non-petroleum based fertilizer. The fertilizer will be used for bio-fuel production farming in the "catchment area" of the science park. The science park may include the surrounding farm area that supports the science park/city, which will become a good example of "closed-loop" regional design.

Aerial plan of the park

The reduced transportation costs will save a significant amount of both energy and resident travel time. Each family and employee will benefit from greater energy efficiency and more time to spend with family. Furthermore, the entire science park design will increase water resource savings, as the rainwater caught on the roofs of the buildings and in the vehicle parking areas will be captured and cleansed to be used for an amenity resource.

The design of this Net Zero Energy Life Style Science Park is to be used by regions and countries as a "teaching tool" and "demonstration project/proof of concept" for this new integrated urban or rural form science park community. The university campus, technology incubators, and research laboratories will use the intellectual knowledge of the university to "create new companies" in the technology incubators. This new influx of jobs will foster a self-sustaining system for the entire region.


Bruce Haxton has more than 30 years of experience and is an architect and sustainable design consultant, specializing in advanced technology architecture. Mr. Haxton has worked on numerous building types, including research laboratories, research campuses, healthcare facilities, data centers, office buildings, performing arts centers, housing, education facilities, and airports.

Mr. Haxton's projects range from a few hundred thousand dollars to $1.4 billion in construction value. Mr. Haxton has been involved with many science campus and laboratory projects for both private and government clients. Mr. Haxton holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards certificate, is a registered architect in numerous states, and holds a Masters of Architecture advanced studies degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the past 15 years, Mr. Haxton has published 45 articles and research papers, with more than half of the articles and papers focusing on sustainable design topics. Mr. Haxton has spoken at six International Association of Science Parks World Conferences.

John Andary is a principal at Integral Group where he brings more than 25 years of consulting engineering experience to the firm, with a strong background in project and team leadership. Throughout his career, John has worked in various market sectors including higher education, health care, civic, federal, corporate, and laboratory design. This diverse engineering experience, coupled with his passion for sustainable, resource-efficient design, provides John with the requisite knowledge to lead the Bioclimatic Design Practice at Integral.

Mr. Andary believes that sustainable design is an engineer's social responsibility and has served as principal in charge on more than 30 LEED® projects, including seven projects targeting Platinum certification and six targeting net zero energy. John led the MEP Engineering, Sustainable Design and Energy Consulting team for the Research Support Facility project at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which at 350,000-square-feet is expected to be the largest LEED Platinum, zero energy building in the world when complete. He is active in the green building industry, contributing his sustainable design experience to various industry groups including the USGBC, while consistently presenting and lecturing on green building topics.