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LEED Case Study: Museum of Comparative Zoology – FAS

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Museum of Comparative Zoology - FAS

LEED Rating System:LEED for Commercial Interiors
LEED Rating Version:3.0
Certification Level:Platinum
Month Completed:06
Year Completed:2013
Client (School/Department):FAS

Project Highlights

  • 13% of the materials in the project space are made of recycled content.
  • 82% of the construction waste was diverted from landfills.
  • Efficient plumbing fixtures reduce water use by 32%
  • 31% lighting power reduction below ASHRAE standards
  • Regional materials (manufactured within 500 miles) make up 36% of the new construction materials.
  • 25% of the materials used in the project were regionally extracted.

Project Summary

The Northwest Science building, owned by the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), located at 52 Oxford Street contains approximately 502,000 gross square feet and consists of interdisciplinary  research clusters in fields such as neurosciences, systems, molecular, and cellular biology, and computational analysis. This project only encompasses a small portion of the overall building (approximately 50,000 square feet). The purpose of the project was to relocate 80,000 mammal specimens to a state-of-the-art laboratory facility with better instruments and climate control. The principal investigators (PIs) leverage the new facilities to enhance their research, and the specimens are better preserved in a more stable environment.  This is the ninth LEED certification for the Northwest Science building. Previous to this project, the Northwest Science building had achieved three platinum certifications under the LEED for Commercial Interiors v2009 rating system, which is the highest certification level achievable.  The certification of this project makes four LEED platinum certifications in all. In addition, the Northwest Science building has achieved five gold certifications under the LEED for Commercial Interiors v2009 rating system with more certifications to come.