SCB's NetZero Classroom + Faculty Building at School Building Expo 2010
SCB’s design for a NetZero Energy Classroom and Faculty Building was featured at School Building Expo 2010, the annual meeting of the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education. SCB Principal Devon Patterson, AIA, LEED AP outlined the design for one of the lowest energy use buildings in the country, to be built at Loyola University Chicago (LUC). The presentation featured SCB’s strategies for defining an energy budget for a classroom building; the benefits of integrated design to improve building performance; and the use of integrated building systems to unlock the potential of natural ventilation in extreme climates.
Since 2001, SCB has been involved in the development of a generation of sustainable facilities at LUC that are designed to operate with 50-70% energy savings. These new and renovated buildings include the award-winning Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, a LEED Silver certified digital library that is the first of its type in the United States to feature a concrete hydronic-radiant heating and cooling system in association with several passive and active systems, including a naturally ventilated, double-skin glass façade.