American Geophysical Union HQ Tour: February 27, 2018

BEC-Baltimore/BEC-DC Presents:

The American Geophysical Union Headquarters (AGU): A Net Zero Energy Building Retrofit Construction Tour

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 3:00 – 5:00pm
Host: Stratacomm & Hickok Cole Architects
Location: 2000 Florida Ave. NW #400, Washington, DC 20009
Street and off-street parking available nearby

The American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) mission is “to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity.” In 2015, recognizing their headquarters needed a major renovation, AGU decided to lead by example: they developed a scientific approach to evolve their facility into an influential net-zero building within a tight urban footprint. The tour will examine and discuss several revolutionary designs essential to the building’s transformation: solar rooftop photovoltaic array for on-site renewable energy; municipal sewer heat exchange system to recover thermal energy; green wall to improve indoor air quality; water cistern to collect rainwater, as well as condensate water from outdoor air system, for low-flow toilets and on-site irrigation; Direct Current (DC) electrified grid with DC LED lighting; radiant cooling system that uses less energy than a traditional forced-air system; enhanced building envelope insulation, dynamic glass shading and triple-pane glazing; and other performance strategies AGU believes their project will communicate its message of scientific advancement to a larger audience.

By elevating their workplace to a net-zero environment, and developing a renovation strategy that can be replicated, AGU continues to draw the public’s focus to scientific advancement and the critical role it plays in the world around us.


Learning Objectives:

After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of high-performance renovations.
  2. Expand their understanding of innovative energy, water approaches, and designs needed to achieve net-zero performance in an existing building.
  3. Acquire tools and strategies to apply in future net-zero renovations of existing buildings.
  4. Learn how to incorporate an organization’s mission and core principles into project design.

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