Green Building

Binghamton University science building uses green technology, radiant heating

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 11:00

According to the Engineering News-Record, Binghamton University's new engineering and science building has been selected as the best Green Project of the year.

Eligible projects for the contest were in New York, New Jersey, New England and parts of the mid-Atlantic region, the Press and Sun-Bulletin reported.

The collaboration between the university and architects from Stantec produced a 125,000-square-foot facility that was opened to students this September. The building was designed with a strict adherence to green and sustainability standards in an effort to win a LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to the news source.

Skylights in the building provide an abundance of natural lighting, active chilled beams help to remove excess heat from computers and equipment during the summer and a radiant heating system helps to provide warmth during the winter months, the Sun-Bulletin reported.

A radiant heating system works well with buildings that are large and open, as the technology helps to distribute the heat evenly. The temperature difference between the floor and ceiling is two-to-three degrees in radiant systems, as opposed to the more than 10 degree difference that exists with more conventional versions.