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LEED Case Study: Murthy Lab – Biolabs – FAS

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Murthy Lab - Biolabs - FAS

LEED Rating System:LEED for Commercial Interiors
LEED Rating Version:2.0
Certification Level:Silver
Month Completed:12
Year Completed:2009
Client (School/Department):FAS

Project Highlights

  • 87% of the project waste was diverted from landfills
  • 73% of the equipment and appliances are Energy Star® rated
  • 64% of interior non-structural components were reused

Project Summary

The Murthy Laboratory project is an approximately 3,000 square foot laboratory renovation to accommodate research personnel under the direction of Professor Murthy. The laboratory program includes faculty office, graduate student seating, wet lab, prototyping lab, tissue culture and imaging facilities.

Murthy Lab is part of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology within Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). Research areas of the  department include: biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, cell biology, molecular evolution, neurobiology, gene expression, structural biology, and other related disciplines.

From the early stages of conceptual design, the project team was focused on achieving sustainability objectives by reducing energy use while maintaining occupant comfort. The renovation leverages a more efficient mechanical system to minimize energy waste. As part of Harvard’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% below 2006 levels by 2016, inclusive of growth, FAS is committed to sustainability. The Murthy Lab project is evidence of this commitment.