Just as Georgia Tech is encouraging collaboration among users of the new facility, they encouraged collaboration among the design team. TLC’s role was to bring the disciplines together to evaluate and analyze progressive sustainable strategies and technologies. During an Integrated Design Charrette (IDC), TLC’s team challenged the entire team to think in unique ways about how to achieve aggressive sustainable design goals in a technology-intense building.
TLC provided schematic design phase energy modeling to assist in evaluating options. Labs21 Environmental Performance Criteria was used to benchmark data from existing labs and establish the design target of being in the lowest quartile for energy use. TLC’s energy model was used to evaluate six HVAC configurations, determining the relative impact of different energy conservation measures against the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Baseline model. Ultimately, Georgia Tech chose to implement active chilled beams to minimize energy for heating and cooling. Model efforts achieved 26.75% cost savings over baseline model.