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Harvard Artlab on Track to be Net-Zero-Energy

Architect’s Newspaper covers how this groundbreaking design was developed through rigorous research and testing.

Barkow and Leibinger and Sasaki designed the Harvard Artlab, a cross-curriculum space for the arts, so that it wouldn’t rely on any fossil fuels to stay warm during cold New England winters. Instead, the building uses a customized system to receive electric power through solar panels. The building is currently on track to be the first net-zero-energy building to have a polycarbonate facade. “To our knowledge, there has never been a net-zero building designed with a polycarbonate facade,” says former Sasaki principal Lan Ying Ip, AIA. This polycarbonate building material gives the building its signature nighttime glow.

“All the fundamental design moves that you normally make really have quite an impact on the overall performance of the envelope,” says Sasaki associate principal Bradford Prestbo, FAIA, CSI, CDT. Learn more about the building’s unique envelope in Architect’s Newspaper.

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