Construction will soon begin on a new energy-efficient Electrical and Computer Engineering Building on the University of Illinois Urbana-Campaign campus. The $95 million project is being designed to achieve Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) platinum certification, the highest level offered.
University officials have said work on the 230,000-square foot facility will start before the new year. Efficient design elements of the building include a terra cotta rainscreen system and a R-30 thermal envelope for enhanced energy performance. The building will be oriented to take advantage of passive solar design and exterior glazing and interior shading will reduce energy costs.
The building is also being designed to be net zero – meaning it supplies the same, or more, energy than it uses. To accomplish this, designers are incorporating the use of photovoltaic cells, control ventilation, heat recovery systems and a chilled beam system for cooling and heating the classroom tower.
The building’s design will also include sophisticated LED and fluorescent lighting, energy conversion systems run by advanced power electronics and intelligent systems and interfaces supported by ever-evolving control and computer technologies. The building is slated for completion in 2014.