Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4
The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV is a 293,000 square foot research facility that provides flexible laboratories with adjoining workspace for the School of Earth and Space Exploration, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. The first and second floors of this building are largely devoted to the integration of cutting-edge research in earth and space sciences with public education. On the ground floor, a 250-seat auditorium and gallery area serves as university classrooms as well as an outreach function for both K-12 educational programs and public events.
Some of the green design and construction features implemented in the building include:
- Optimal building orientation based on local climate conditions and a high performance façade with vertical sunshades to reduce heat gain and incorporate passive cooling strategies.
- Efficient Building Systems. The design optimized the building envelope and integrated extremely efficient mechanical systems to reduce energy use by 40.7 percent below a typical laboratory building.
- On-site renewable energy. ASU allocated energy produced by the photovoltaic array on the parking structure adjacent to ISTB 4, supplying an additional 11.6 percent of its energy use beyond the savings achieved by the building design. The renewable energy reduced the building’s energy costs by over 16 percent, because the peak energy load is also reduced.
- Minimized resource use. Local building materials, extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the site, exceeded 44 percent of the material cost under MRc5, Regional Materials. ISTB 4 earned an additional LEED credit for exemplary performance by achieving this threshold.
- Daylighting. The building envelope and the interior space are designed to admit natural light into as many spaces as possible, and a central atrium brings daylight deep into the building interior.
ISTB4 earned a Gold rating on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.