Innovation and Design: Goals

Goal 1. Construct a green building by using innovative techniques and methods.

1.1 Gain knowledge of innovations developed by other projects.

1.1.1 Consider local green building s of other schools and facilities.

1.1.2 Consider area users and architects of these green building projects.

1.1.3 Use building systems that are relevant and realistic to the Minnesota environment .

1.2 Add to the cumulative knowledge and credibility of these innovative and alternative building systems.

1.2.1 Incorporate an alternative building system into the building; or build separate section of the building using alternative building system.

1.2.2. Purchase at least 10 percent of local materials from innovators that have developed new environmentally sound innovations.

1.2.3 Make the building systems and materials used well known to community and visitors.

▪ Make them visible (physically or through display).

▪ Use media outlets.

Goal 2. Design a building that is adaptable for future renovations or up-cycling for different uses.

2.1 Design with the mindset that the building should be used for at least two centuries.

2.1.1 Do not design a building based on current fads or economic trends.

2.1.2 Brainstorm all other purposes that this building could possibly service in the future.

2.2 Design the building so that the interior space may be readily modified for multiple uses.

2.2.1 Design rooms so that they can be modified to be used in many different ways.

2.2.2 Build walls with design that will allow them to be easily taken down and rebuilt in a different fashion.

2.2.3 Do not meld or fuse different materials together; make sure that different sections of the building can be taken apart and recycled or reused without degradation of material content.

2.3 Consider what will happen to the materials when the building eventually does become obsolete.

2.3.1 Buy materials that can be easily recycled or up-cycled even after centuries of use.

2.3.2 Landscape the area so that a future renovation or deconstruction does not harm or pollute surrounding ecosystem.

2.3.3 Consider the condition of the materials far into the future (for example, do not use materials that become toxic after 50 or 100 years).

Goal 3. Design a building that is an educational example of the green-building process.

3.1 Include potential users and community of the building in all phases of the project.

3.1.1 Create environmental studies classes that help facilitate the green building process and upkeep.

3.1.2 Use university community (monks, students, faculty, administration, and the St. Joseph community) to help with construction when possible.

▪ Preference should be given to simple building techniques (such as straw bale walls or concrete-strengthened adobe).

▪ Time of year for construction should also be considered to maximize volunteers and weather.

3.1.3 Consult future occupant types in design phase to avoid any discomfort or structural inconveniences.

3.2 Achieve environmental standards awards that make the building a well-known example of sustainable building.

3.2.1 Obtain LEED certification.

3.2.2 Apply for awards such as National Green Building Awards, Minnesota Environmental Initiative Awards, and any other honors for which the building could be eligible.

3.2.3 Use unique environmental architectural style or architect that will make the building well known in its own right.

3.3 Use building as an ongoing experiment on “green living.”

3.3.1 Keep monthly records of environmental factors in “green” building and a “controlled” building.

▪ Heat containment.

▪ Electricity Usage.

▪ Water Usage.

▪ Surrounding Ecosystem Rehabilitation.

▪ Level of hazardous gases (VOCs, radon , CO2 ).

▪ Structural Integrity.

3.3.2 Take bi-annual surveys of building occupants in green building and control building.

▪ Comfort level.

▪ Like or dislike or green technologies.

▪ Any problems or difficulties resulting from building.

3.3.3 Involve students in this research and upkeep of green building.

▪ Design student experiments that deal with different issues of the green building .

▪ Assign surveying to environmental studies classes.

3.4 Use building as a tool to teach occupants and visitors about how they can and do contribute to the building’s sustainability .

3.4.1 Design with intention of giving tours.

3.4.2 Design “green” parts of the building with the intention of being accessible and visible.

3.4.3 Educate occupants about “green” building techniques that are a part of their surroundings and why these techniques are more environmentally sustainable.

Goal 4. Create a student-led green building organization with the purpose of educating the main players in the building process about the importance of green building techniques, standards, and strategies.

4.1 Conduct a seminar on green building that will be held on campus.

4.1.1 Involve all relevant campus departments, including administration, power house workers, and monastery, and educate the advantages of designing such a building on one of our campuses.

4.1.2 Involve prominent architects, designers, producers, LEED specialists, MSBG, and local building code officers.

4.1.3 Involve local green building and designing community, including local case study examples of successful green building projects.

4.2 Develop a budget to allow people to attend seminars and conferences held in locations off-campus.

4.2.1 Appeal for donations from off-campus sources.

4.2.2 Obtain club status and appeal for funding from allocation board

4.2.3 Hold fundraising events, also promoting the creation of a new campus green building .

4.2.4 Attend such events as the annual EnvironDesign conference in Minneapolis or the National Green Building Conference held in various cities across the nation.

4.3 Convince decision-makers of advantages of green design.

4.3.1 Create monthly newsletter that focuses on a particular issue of green building each month.

4.3.2 Arrange small group discussions with these individuals to help them better understand design benefits and obtain personal perspectives on this issue, further enabling direct answers.

4.4 Organize an Earth Day celebration focused on the topic of green building .

4.4.1 Hold a fun and informal gathering for administration and students.

▪ Provide incentives for people to attend the gathering, such as games, prizes, certificates, and music.

▪ Hold a short oratory ceremony with a prominent speaker on green design.

▪ Have fact sheets and handouts outlining general green building topics.

4.4.2 Conduct forum on green building to be attended by students, faculty, and administration.

4.5 Oversee and educate main players throughout the green building process (planning, siting , construction , upkeep, up-cycling /recycling ).

4.5.1 Involve specialist on green building to be main facilitator of process.

4.5.2 Create classes that deal with specific sections of the project.

▪ Keep community involved with updates and progress reports on what is being done and how it is being done.