The 60,000 square foot Brown Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BCIE) building houses alternative energy programs including nanotechnology, alternative energy, biomass, and fuel cell research, sustainable building design, nuclear energy, flow loop simulation, and sustainable HVAC design. The building itself represents both sustainability for teaching and smart building design. The three-story building incorporates roof mounted thin film photovoltaic panels to provide a portion of the building power and hot water heating. Pole mounted solar “trees” harvest daylight to deliver energy to site lighting at night. Lighting for the building includes LED light fixtures with occupancy sensors and a light well in the center of the lab wing to infuse natural lighting in the building’s interior. Site related components include solar electric automobile charging stations, wind turbines, a pv array field, compound wall mounted solar test panels and a stand-alone bio generator system.
Certified USGBC LEED® Gold