LEED BD+C: New Construction v2 - LEED 2.2
UCSB Ocean Science Education Building
LEED Gold 2013
The building was a collaboration between UC Santa Barbara and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with both sides taking an active role in the design process to ensure optimal occupant comfort while incorporating aggressive conservation goals.
The two-story Ocean Science Education Building is in essence two structures connected by a large atrium and kelp tank: the south wing houses the LEED Gold-certified headquarters for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS), and the north wing is the future site of the Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science (OCTOS). The building was a collaboration between UC Santa Barbara and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with both sides taking an active role in the design process to ensure optimal occupant comfort while incorporating aggressive conservation goals.
Since the building faces the coastal bluffs on the eastern perimeter of the UCSB campus, it was designed to take advantage of the cool ocean breeze by way of passive ventilation measures, including operable windows and skylights. Heating is provided by hydronic baseboard heaters, and chilled water used for cooling the server room is provided by the unique campus seawater distribution system. With the aggressive energy savings measures implemented, the building's energy use intensity over the first year of operation has been measured at 12 kBtu per square foot per year.
In addition to the natural ventilation provided by ocean breezes off the coastal bluffs, the building takes advantage of the spectacular views of the Pacific offered by its location and orientation. To further lessen its environmental impact, the Ocean Science Education Building's landscape incorporates two large retention basins fed by bioswales to collect, retain, and filter stormwater runoff. To minimize potable water use, the landscaping is comprised of native, drought-tolerant plants irrigated completely by reclaimed water, and the building has waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, and low-flow faucet fixtures installed.
Established in 1980 by NOAA, the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary comprises approximately 1,470 square miles of Pacific Ocean water surrounding Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara Islands off the central coast of California. The area provides waters for important species as well as existing Chumash Native American artifacts.
The Outreach Center for Teaching Ocean Science is an in-the-works collaboration that brings together the innovative resources and education programming of the CINMS and UCSB's Marine Science Institute. Once finished, the center will provide a hands-on space for marine education for K-12 students from all over the state.