Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
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|Architect||Zimmer Gunsul Frasca|
|Location||Santa Barbara, California|
|Date||1999 to 2002|
|Building Type||academic laboratory and classroom|
|Construction System||concrete and steel frame|
|Sustainability||LEED Platinum, with active energy efficiency, daylighting, shading, high recycled content materials, 42KW photovoltaics - GEEB|
|Context||suburban campus oceanside waterfront|
|Notes||"The Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management"|
Draft renderings of the GEEB project 3D model:
Aerial overview, draft
Eye-level overivew, draft
Facade view, draft
|Discussion||Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management Commentary
The Donald Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara takes advantage of a beautiful setting near the Pacific Ocean to become a green building that embraces its environment not only for efficiency, but for experience. With a striking open courtyard, it provides ample opportunity for social interaction that makes the transition between indoors and outdoors much smoother and ephemeral than most buildings.
The Bren School also utilizes daylighting to harness natural illumination in lieu of artificial lights while allowing views that further enhance the buildingšs connection to the landscape. And with operal windows and high-tech senors connected to adjacent heating units, the Bren School smartly takes advantage of Santa Barbarašs famously moderate climate. Itšs a campus building as charming and memorable as the city to which it belongs.
Building Bren Hall with sustainable materials and methods is estimated to have added only 2% to the building cost, which will easily be offset over time by energy savings.
"To ensure efficient use of energy, the building was designed to harvest natural light, heating, and cooling. Facing the ocean, the office wing has no air conditioning and instead relies on flow-through ventilation with operable windows and transoms. Daylight harvesting is coupled with a lighting plan that incorporates energy-efficient fixtures and bulbs along with controls for motion and ambient light."
"LEED was instrumental in providing structure for the research effort as well as a means to measure results."
LEED Certified Platinum
Four stories, 84,672 total gross square feet
Total construction cost of $26 million
Address: UCSB campus, Santa Barbara, California
|Resources||Sources on Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
"LEED Platinum at UCSB", by ArchitectureWeek, ArchitectureWeek No. 150, 2003.0611, p1.
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