How Arizona State University Greened The Maroon & Gold

The Biodesign Institute at ASU, A Phoenix Controls Case Study

Belnor Engineering
Jul 17, 2019 · 3 min read
Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, Arizona, USA

Arizona State University needed a scientific research facility where experts from a variety of scientific disciplines could collaborate in an interactive environment. Constructing the 350,000 square foot, award-winning Biodesign Institute is the first effort by a U.S. university to create an interdisciplinary research institute entirely devoted to bio-inspired innovation principles focusing on solutions to some of society’s largest challenges.

The Situation

The Solution ​​

Flexibility was built into every aspect of the design, ensuring that Building B could be easily adapted to changes. Proper ventilation was design-critical to ensure controlling airborne pathogens while implementing energy conservation measures and reducing HVAC maintenance. Because they can achieve up to a 20:1 turndown with ± 5% error of commanded flow — reducing energy usage without compromising the need to contain airborne pathogens — Phoenix Controls Celeris® II control platforms and high-speed tracking pair valves were chosen.

A year after the original construction began, an energy audit recognized further energy savings potential. More comprehensive Phoenix Controls solutions were selected to help realize that potential. Zone Pressure Sensors®, also know as ZPS, and Usage Based Controls®, also known as UBC, were installed on the fume hoods along with Fume Hood Monitors (FHM) and Fan Static Reset Kits (FSR).- creating the ability to reduce face velocity to a lower setting when an operator is not present at the fume hood with resultant energy savings of up to 40%.

The Result

The Biodesign Institute was the first facility in Arizona to earn platinum-level LEED certification from the US Green Building Council (exceeding LEED criteria for use of recycled materials and sustainability).

The Institute also earned a variety of awards including the 2006 Lab of the Year award by R&D Magazine and eleven AIA, AGCA, and local awards. When Building C begins construction in the near future, all the lessons learned from Building B will be applied — including the cost-effective benefits of Phoenix Controls solutions.​​​

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