Energy efficiency collides with ramen and all-nighters.
The Green Dorm seeks to be the most desirable place to live on Stanford campus and serve as a teaching tool that provides an immersive environment for students live learn and about sustainability.
The Green Dorm project is underway with student research investigating green design and technologies via Civil and Environmental Engineering Course CEE124/224A: Sustainable Development Studio. Research areas include sustainable design, architecture, building materials, information design, education, energy systems, water, air, food and their connections to broader resource systems.
The contributing student and faculty researchers make up the Lotus Living Lab, a multi-disciplinary collaborative group that includes individuals from departments all across Stanford University, ranging from Art and Engineering to the Social Sciences and Policy.
Stretching three stories high, this prototype building’s CORE contains the major vertical elements (electrical, plumbing, and elevator) as well as two evaporative cooling towers and a thermally massive, resource efficient masonry stove which provides heat to radiant floor system. The building also boasts passive solar design, natural stack ventilation, and integrated photovoltaics and solar hot water heating. Other green technologies include rooftop rainwater catchment, native vegetation and permeable outdoor surfaces, grey water systems, and the use of green materials such as locally sourced fly ash concrete and FSC certified/ salvaged lumber.
This 42 bed building features open floor plans built around room clusters and common spaces to promote circulation as well as facilitate interaction among residents. The building is also designed for maximum flexibility by routing data and utilities via the CORE and through overhead conduits which allows non-load bearing walls to be removed and reconstructed to accommodate future programming changes. The building’s ground floor classroom is host to courses on green design, energy efficient architecture, and sustainable development integrating residential education and program goals.