There are 5 renewable energy systems employed at Mead:

  • Photovoltaic-solar panel
  • Wood Biomass-fireplace
  • Wind Turbine
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Geothermal

Selected sustainable design measures employed in the design and construction of the Mead facility include:

  • Reduced site disturbance at building, site access roads, parking & utilities to reduce erosion.
  • Panelized construction to reduce construction waste.
  • On-site construction waste management, with 95% recycled and diverted from landfill.
  • Reduced energy load and renewable energy sources for heating & cooling.
  • Cut-off exterior lighting fixtures to eliminate glare and light pollution.
  • Operable windows for light, views and ventilation.
  • Physically-isolated and separately-ventilated janitor and copier rooms for indoor air quality.
  • Fundamental Building Commissioning for optimal system performance.
  • Zero Net Energy goal, based on intermittent occupancy patterns.
  • High-performance building envelope.
  • Cool day-lighting and advanced lighting controls.
  • High-performance mechanical systems.
  • Environmentally-responsible building materials and construction methods.
  • Water-conserving fixtures and landscaping.

But it is the little things that make this an award-winning facility modeling conservation and energy efficiency: a high-performance building envelope, low-toxin recycled and recyclable materials, energy-efficient lighting and appliances, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, and much more. They are all detailed inside this   brochure.

Visit Architect Thomas Brown’s website for more information about the   5 renewable systems employed at the Mead. The complete   case study can also be viewed.