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      WALKING THE TALK AND WALKING THE WALK AT THE WOODS HOLE RESEARCH CENTER: Design and Performance of an Award-Winning Green Headquarters

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      Journal of Green Building

      College Publishing

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          The Woods Hole Research Center’s mission in “environmental science, policy, and education for a habitable Earth” means it’s important to practice what we preach. A key part of doing that is our very green headquarters—the Center’s Gilman Ordway Campus—on Cape Cod. Designed by the noted green architect Bill McDonough, this state-of-the-art scientific research and office facility demonstrates the successful integration of energy- and resource-conserving design, a ground-source heating and cooling system, and a robust renewable-energy supply. The facility was designed with the express goal of being a zero net-energy building (achieving CO 2-neutral operation) and has been instrumented with a whole-facility monitoring system that provides the basis for an on-line educational display system and long-term study of energy performance.

          The 1793 m 2 (19,300ft 2) facility used 50.7 kWh of electricity per m 2 from March 2004–February 2005 of which 16.9 kWh/m 2 or 33% was supplied by the rooftop photovoltaic system. Electricity is the only externally supplied source of energy. The incorporation of a 100kW wind turbine now on order will provide the remaining balance of the power used by the facility and a surplus for export to the grid.

          The building has won numerous awards including selection as one of the American Institute of Architects’ 2004 Top Ten Green Projects and a first prize in the 2004 Northeast Green Building Awards, and it is listed in the DOE High Performance Buildings Database.

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          jgrb
          College Publishing
          Journal of Green Building
          College Publishing
          1552-6100
          1943-4618
          1943-4618
          Winter 2008
          : 3
          : 1
          : 1-13
          Author notes

          1Joe Hackler is a Research Associate for the Woods Hole Research Center involved in evaluating the role of land use change on forest distribution and the carbon cycle, Jhackler@ 123456whrc.org .

          2Dr. Holdren is director of the Woods Hole Research Center. He is also the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard University.

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          jgb.3.1.1
          10.3992/jgb.3.1.1
          ©2008 by College Publishing. All rights reserved.

          Volumes 1-7 of JOGB are open access and do not require permission for use, though proper citation should be given. To view the licenses, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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          Pages: 11
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