41% reduction in energy consumption

63% reduction in total water use

60% purchased utilities cost savings (from comparable buildings on campus)

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing has been ranked among the top five percent of the nation’s nursing schools in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of the influential “America’s Best Graduate Schools” guide

80% Reduction in Back Orders
New Orders are Fulfilled 60% Faster
The Bannister Federal Building has long provided warehouse space for government services. BNIM’s adaptive reuse of a portion of this space from warehouse into office space incorporates a skylight atrium and circulation corridor, which provides light to a shared conferencing center and the offices of the Federal Supply Service. The FSS reports that employees from other parts of the building are seeking out the amenity of the atrium and its own employees have increased capacity.

Facts & Figures

Number of donors who contributed to the expansion: 950

Total number of consultants: 32

Number of construction workers at height of project: 300

Yards of electrical wiring: 500,000

Number of differently sized glass pieces: 1,211

Number of glass types: 27

Tons of steel in Bloch Building: 1,550

Cubic yards of concrete in Bloch Building: 15,300

Canadian Black Granite pavers in J.C. Nicholas Plaza: 60,000

Planted Green Roof Area: 38,000 sf

Conduit miles from the Central Plant to the Bloch Building: 4

The building is LEED GOLD certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and recieved an AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award

The annual purchased utilities cost for the School of Nursing is approximately 60% less than comparable buildings on campus

The building was designed to save 33% more than a similar ASHRAE 90.1 1999 compliant building.

The building was designed to easily install photovoltaics on the roof structure for further emission reductions and self-reliance.

Daylight penetration was a key strategy so that all occupants have access to natural light. Vertical atria and a horizontal atrium provide additional controlled daylight.

Operable windows are installed throughout the building and could be open approximately 134 days or over 1/3 of the year.

Indoor air quality has been improved with healthy interior materials such as agri-fiber board and low VOC paints, adhesives and sealants.

For teaching and offices spaces, an under-floor air distribution system is used to increase energy efficiency and provide increased thermal comfort for building users by providing user controls.

Flexible building elements such as raised floor and demountable partitions will accommodate building changes over time.

Efficient plumbing fixtures such as waterless urinals, low flow lavatories and low flow showerheads are installed throughout.

Rainwater storage tanks capture approximately 826,140 gallons of rainwater or “grey” water (non-potable water) per year fulfilling the estimated 42,000 gallons needed each month for toilet flushing and irrigation

Water reduction strategies amount to a 93% total reduction of potable water through the reuse of collected rainwater for flushing and irrigation, as compared to a LEED baseline case.

75% of the building’s total construction waste was recycled or salvaged—including waste from the deconstruction of the building that had previously occupied the site. 

Building materials were chosen to minimize environmental impact and include recycled brick from a 19th century warehouse in Texas, wood siding from reclaimed cypress logs, aluminum panels specially fabricated with 92% recycled material, and structural steel specified to have more than 80% recycled content.

The building used 48% fly ash in its concrete mixture, saving approximately 1,808 tons of carbon dioxide that would have been released into the atmosphere.

100% of Energy Supplied by On-Site Renewable Sources
100% of Precipitation Managed On Site
98% of Building is Daylit
78% of Building is Naturally Ventilated
Net Zero Energy
Net Zero Water
Net Zero Waste 

In 2007, Greensburg’s City Council became the first city in the country to adopt a resolution that all city projects would be built to LEED Platinum standards and would exceed the baseline code for energy efficiency by 42% The community also set a progressive goal to be powered by 100% renewable energy generation. As of 2010, a city-owned wind farm, which is a net exporter of renewable energy, is meeting that goal.

81% more efficient than the national office building average (16.7 kBTU/sf per year)

21.2% of energy generated from photovoltaic panels

95% of the regularly occupied spaces in the building have daylight

98% of building receives enough daylight that lights are off during daylight hours

89% of construction waste was recycled

46% reduction of regulated potable water

38% Annual Energy Savings due to KCP&L's Energy Reduction Strategies
BNIM’s design for the LEED Gold KCP&L Headquarters demonstrates the ability to introduce high performance, integrated design into an existing office tower. The move into 230,000 square feet of existing downtown office space serves as a powerful example to other building and business owners. The design decisions made at KCP&L will also make the space more cost effective to operate. The strategies focus heavily on optimal HVAC and workstation configuration.

In 2011, the Kiowa County Schools became the first LEED Platinum K-12 school facility in the U.S.

67% kBTU savings when compared to the Commercial New Construction (CNC) program baseline.

mechanical energy - 30% below ASHRAE 90.1 baseline
daylighting - 60% above ASHRAE 90.1 baseline
building envelope performance - 20% below ASHRAE 90.1 baseline

28% energy reduction from ASHRAE 90.1 baseline (eUI = 50.3)

70-90% construction debris are slated to be recycled

Fresh air supply exceeds ASHRAE 90.1 baseline by 30%

Active chilled beams in dry labs

Natural ventilation in post doc office suites – mixed-mode VAV

Demand ventilation in wet labs to reduce air change rates

Exhaust stream monitoring to reduce fan power

Fume hood sash management by reduced height to reduce air changes

Dry lab return air used as supply air in wet research support space alcoves

Grey water system - reclaims waste RO process water for toilet flushing

Façade shading element for solar heat gain control

Summary of energy and carbon reduction strategies:

An under-floor air distribution (displacement air) system improves thermal comfort because the supply air is delivered at a more comfortable temperature (64 degrees vs. 55 degrees when cooling is required for instance) and at a lower velocity.   Thermal mass from cast-in-place concrete structure and exposed interior wythe of insulated precast concrete walls helps to even out temperature fluctuations within the building.

Insulated precast concrete walls with unique terra cotta exterior skin provide U-0.048 for approximately 53% of the overall wall area.

A high performance curtain wall system uses “Low E” double pane insulated glass with argon gas ( U-0.36, SHGC - 0.30) for 47% of exterior wall area.

Materials: use of recycled materials in as many products as possible such as recycled glass countertops fabricated from recycled glass collected locally; all wood is FSC certified; limestone reclaimed from site retaining walls repurposed for use as limestone seating benches around the exterior of the building

The building uses a white TPO roof with a vegetated green roof on Level 4. This “cool roof” reflects significantly more sunlight and absorbs less heat than traditional dark-colored roofs, resulting in reduced building heat-gain, energy savings during times of the year that require air-conditioning, and extended service life of the roof.

Skylights and ample glazing to provide daylight to the building along with daylight sensors and controls to limit the need for lights during daylight hours

Efficient plumbing fixtures save 42.14% compared to the LEED 2009 baseline

Monitoring capabilities were added to mechanical systems to allow the measurement of energy usage for life of building:

82.9 kBtu/SF/year predicted EUI excluding on-site renewable energy contribution

o 36% regional reduction per Energy Star Target Finder compared to ASHRAE 90.1, 2007 (60% reduction compared to Architecture 2030 Challenge Interim Code Equivalents)

The site design incorporates subtle strategies to treat stormwater without creating large rain basins that would distract from the formal design aesthetic. Rain basins are incorporated throughout the groundcover and planting beds to clean runoff and direct it to storage zones underneath the project parking lots. In addition to the aesthetic benefits the green roof provides to the upper floor offices and outdoor terrace, it also helps to reduce the stormwater volume leaving the roof.

100% precipitation managed on site

0 % waste water reused on site

1.65 Gallons/SF/year predicted annual regulated potable water use

42% regulated potable water reduction from baseline

27% Reduction in Crime
Bancroft school signals a catalytic shift in community revitalization, that began with the residents of Manheim Park boldly claiming a new future, and a broad public-private partnership and strategic investment of leadership, design, capital and philanthropy. This effort has already resulted in a remarkable reduction in crime — from 2011-2012 there was a 27% reduction in crime reported — and increase in hope. As residents claim their new homes, the legacy becomes the development of human capital by design. This is urban acupuncture, and it redefines urban redevelopment.


300 additional physicians positions created for Missouri*

$390M added annually to Missouri’s economy*

3,500 new jobs created for the state*


53 kBTU/sf/yr total EUI

68% reduction from baseline

17% energy drawn from renewable energy/fuel sources

79% overall cost savings


90% reduction in campus-wide irrigation demand

36% reduction in overall fixture water use

82.68% reduction in material weight going to landfill (1619.15 tons)


29% recycled content

41% regional manufacturing

72% FSC wood

*Estimates provided by the University of Missouri.

89% student/user capacity increase (1,250 seats before renovation, 2,360 seats after renovation)

65% energy consumption reduction annually (121 kbtu/sf/year before renovation, 42 kbtu/sf/year after renovation)

80% energy consumption reduction per capita (96.8 btu/SF/person before renovation, 19.9 btu/SF/person after renovation)

91% water use reduction (1,031k gallons/year before renovation, 97,000 gallons/year after renovation)

30% mechanical/energy reduction from ASHRAE 90.1 baseline

• 100% of design studios have access to natural daylight. 
• 100% of faculty offices have access to natural daylight.
• 40% water use reduction
• 50% potable water reduction (achieved via site — underground water storage tank and rooftop irrigation cistern)
• 35% energy savings from baseline.

The strategies employed by the project team—a true collaboration across multiple disciplines—and a complete MEP systems reconsideration deliver significant energy savings in comparison to the building’s prior consumption. Before the renovation, the AEG building was consuming 171 kBtu/sf/year and had two thermostats controlling the entire system. Following the renovation, the project is modeled to operate on 59.2 kBtu/sf/year, representing a 65% energy savings. Almost 230 thermostats now control the building’s systems, giving each quadrant on each floor the ability to change temperatures. The renovation and repair will save the company up to $2 million a year in energy and repair costs.
The specification and installation of healthy material choices throughout the interiors also supports the larger, human-centered strategy that was the heart of the restoration effort. More than 50% of all wood in the building is Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood, 20% of all material installations were comprised of recycled content, and 89% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill.

The storm system can retain the 10-year storm event for the 6.3 acre drainage area with a 6-inch discharge pipe outlet. Peak flow is reduced by over 50% from what previously existed.

234 solar roof panels with the capacity to produce 76,000 kWh of energy per year, cutting back on energy costs

2,200 SF of bioswales; outdoor plantings that reduce storm-water runoff

5,000 SF of green roofing, including numerous native plants

20% projected energy cost savings compared to baseline

Lighting is 30% below ASHRAE 90.1 baseline

Student enrollment has doubled, increasing to 2,200 in 2018

A 174kw PV solar array on the roof—comprised of 313 total panels—including the 132 Sunpreme, a glass bifacial panel that generates powers from both sides, yielding 23.2% efficiency; and the 181 LF NEON R which yields 18% efficiency.

Accommodates 2,000 SF of photovoltaic array that can provide 54 MWh annually

Energy consumption is minimized by shifting 17.3% of program and circulation from conditioned interior spaces to exterior open-air spaces

Natural ventilation can operate for 60% of the building’s occupied hours (78° F cooling setpoint)

48% reduction from national EUI for building type

84% floor area or work station with direct views of the outdoors and use of daylighting rather than artificial light sources

16-18% employee productivity increase

97% virgin wood products in the building that use FSC wood

100% of stormwater treated on site

35% reduction in potable water (baselines LEED 2009)

Landscape utilizes drought-tolerant indigenous vegetation that requires minimal supplemental irrigation resulting in 81% reduction in potable water consumption for landscape

The CAET building achieves:

70% daylight autonomy

75 kBtu/SF/year energy use, 24% better than baseline (ASHRAE 90.1-2007)

20% water reduction

Designed with a goal of net-positive energy — producing all of the building’s energy needs on site, plus an additional 5 percent.

48 kBTU/sf/yr EUI baseline (ASHRAE 90.1 2010)

22 kBTU/yr/sf building design

46% better than baseline

24 kBTU/yr/sf support from PV array

91% of regularly occupied spaces provided with daylight and views (excluding the auditorium)

112-136 kBTU/sf/year modeled performance (vs 140 kBtu/sf/year energy budget of baseline building)

25% savings beyond code minimum

More than 78% of on-site generated construction waste was diverted from landfills

26% of total materials content, by value, were manufactured using recycled materials

5% of the materials used were salvaged

13% of the total building materials value includes materials and products that were manufactured and extracted within 500 miles of the project site

34% total water reduction

64% total processed kitchen water savings

90% of stormwater runoff water passes through self-treating green roof modular wetland system

This project has currently been designed as a Net-Zero Building, providing 105% of the building’s energy consumption. The project is also designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, and to become the first Living Building Petal Certified community college in the world. This project will become an active demonstration of the affordability of sustainable design, even within confined budgets.
Passive design system and natural ventilation will provide an 85% reduction in cooling hours and a 30% heating load reduction on a typical winter day.
Use of 344 solar panels will provide 105% of the buildings’ total energy usage.
Designed for 50% water savings through rain harvesting, native planting and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures.
High efficiency building envelope results in 80% mechanical system reduction.

20.9% energy is provided on site with PV
Operational energy savings of $50K annually
Building and systems performs, 37% better than ASHRAE 90.1 baseline