UMass Life Sciences Labratories Uses STBs to Reduce Energy Consumption
The Life Science Laboratories building at UMass Amherst was designed to foster excellence in research while reducing energy consumption. To prevent thermal bridging where 40 steel cantilevers penetrate the building envelope, Wilson Architects and Lim Consultants specified structural thermal breaks, reducing energy loss by 50% where utilized and contributing to the project’s LEED Gold certification.
The five-story 310,000sf Life Science Laboratories building is designed to foster collaboration among faculty and student researchers in biology, environmental science, physics, chemistry, and other sciences. It also employs a range of advanced measures to slash energy usage, carbon emissions, and related costs.