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LEED Case Study: Tozzer Anthropology Building – FAS

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Tozzer Anthropology Building

LEED Rating System:LEED for New Construction
LEED Rating Version:3.0
Certification Level:Gold
Month Completed:05
Year Completed:2014
Client (School/Department):FAS

Project Highlights

  • 38% reduction in water consumption when compared to an EPAct 1992 baseline
  • 53% anticipated energy cost savings when compared to an ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Appendix G baseline energy model
  • 22% of total materials cost which consisted of recycled content
  • 95% of construction waste diverted from landfill

Project Summary

The Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) renovation of Tozzer Library involved a complete gut renovation of the existing 26,000 square foot library. The project scope also added a 10,000 square foot fourth floor which provides additional floor area for office space and new mechanical systems. The original building was designed in 1974 by Johnson and Hodvelt and served as a library for anthropology and anthropologic research. The new building’s lower two floors accommodate the Tozzer Library offices, reading rooms, library stacks, special collections area, and library support services. A skylight brings daylight into an atrium through the upper levels. The upper levels consist of classrooms, faculty offices, and graduate student offices for the Department of Anthropology. Also, alterations were completed around the building to improve stormwater management.

In setting the sustainability goals to guide the project’s design and operation, the project team utilized the Harvard University Green Building Standards and the LEED-CI v2009 Certification requirements. The main sustainability goals for the project include the following:

  • Reduce energy consumption by 30% below ASHRAE 90.1-2007
  • Reduce energy demand by setting up a Demand Response Program
  • Enhance occupant comfort by providing window treatments to reduce glare and solar heat gain