Green Amherst

Site Selection

 

Earth Science w/ trees
Reducing energy loads in campus building design is possible by optimizing site plans, optimizing building orientation and envelope and incorporating architectural features that enhance the potential for daylighting, solar heating and passive cooling. These strategies allow campus buildings to be less dependent on mechanical systems. While site selection and building orientation is not a variable that can be changed for adaptive reuse or renovation projects, it is a major factor in new construction.

Constructed in 2005, the Earth Sciences and Museum of Natural History Building maximizes solar opportunities by elongating the building structure on the east-west axis. This orientation allows for use of sun-controlled daylight and winter solar gain, while minimizing summer heat gains and resulting cooling loads on the east and west facades of the building.
 

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