Sustainability in Research Campuses:
Current and Future Trends

July 25, 2013
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


Self-sustaining research campuses are no longer a vision of the future; they're here! The Closed Loop Design EcoSciencePark© is a net zero energy, water, food, waste, and biofuels science park promoting environmental, economic, and educational sustainability. This Life Style Science Park prototype development catches and reuses water, produces it own food, recycles everything on site, and makes biofuel for the farming. The complementary Magnet University and adjacent incubators and accelerators will develop intellectual property to produce a revenue stream and thereby create companies with future high-technology employment.

During this webinar, sustainable design architect Bruce Haxton described how designs like those applied to the Closed Loop Design EcoSciencePark can be customized for existing technology hubs. Technology hubs, comprised of one or several science parks, offer a systematic way to customize technology support and create economic development, high-tech education, and a low-energy and environmental footprint.

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Net Zero Energy and Closed Loop Design   NZEB Life Style Science Park Prototype       Magnet University / Village Center Birdseye


During this presentation, Mr. Haxton demonstrated:

  • Net zero energy campus master planning and net zero energy facility designs can work together to economically, educationally, and environmentally enhance regional sustainability.
  • University, city, science park, and technology incubators and accelerators can benefit regions by providing an integrated solution for economic stimulus through public-private partnerships where all participants benefit.
  • The key elements, design principles, and relationships together form the design of a closed–loop-design campus and science park, which recycles resources in an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient manner.
  • Incorporating regenerative design concepts into city, campus, and regional planning can improve soil, water, and atmosphere parameters over time.
  • The Global Critical Path Analysis© can help prioritize issues we will face from top global threats to the planet and illustrate their impact on future architectural and engineering solutions.

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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Attendees of this course and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

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Instructor Biographies

Bruce Haxton, with over 30 years of experience, has worked with a number of internationally known architects. He is a sustainable design architect, specializing in laboratory and science park architecture. He has been involved with many science campus and laboratory projects for both private and government clients besides numerous other building types: healthcare facilities, data centers, office buildings, performing arts centers, housing, education facilities, and airports. He holds a Master of Architecture, Advanced Studies degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

In the past 16 years, he has published 50 articles and research papers with over half of these focusing on sustainable design topics. He has spoken at seven International Association of Science Parks (IASP) World Conferences, five Association of University Research Parks (AURP) Annual International Conferences, and numerous other national and international conferences. Most recently he has spoken on net zero energy science park planning at the 2013 R&D Magazine sponsored Laboratory Design Conference, Houston, Texas; 2012 Net Zero Cities Conference, Fort Collins, CO; and 2011 IASP World Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. During 2010 and 2011 he spearheaded the six nationwide teleconferences with 44 net zero energy professionals on Net Zero Energy Building Design and coordinated the six related articles published in Environmental Design + Construction and R&D Magazine. This past year he organized the Labs21 symposium focused on climate neutral and net zero energy concepts for campuses and individual buildings. Most recently, he has focused his efforts on his study: Global Critical Path Analysis© which focuses on future global problems and solutions. The analysis looks at anticipating future problems and finding solutions, before they happen.


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