Energetics is the energy and daylighting consultant for the new Dimond Family Residential Village, designed to house 500 first-year students and a series of campus-serving programs. A key principle of the design is the notion of nested scales of community, focused on the notion of developing a sense of belonging among our students. The design fosters community with pods of approximately 24 students, a “tree canopy” programming space for a hall of 500 students, and an embracing outdoor gathering space for the entire first year entering class of 1500 students. This allows co-curricular initiatives to thrive and for meaningful interactions, dialogues, and relationships to be fostered
between our students.

Energetics provided energy and daylight modeling for the Xcel EDA program, 2015 IECC compliance, Denver Green Buildings Ordinance compliance, and LEED v4 energy compliance. Our daylighting analysis focused on glazing/shading recommendations as well as lighting control zoning for optimal daylighting savings.

The building is targeting LEED Silver Certification under LEED V4, projected to achieve 45% energy cost savings relative to the LEED baseline before renewable energy. Key sustainability strategies include a stand-alone highly efficient heating/cooling plant, 4-pipe fan coils for room conditioning, over 40% lighting power density reduction, and a rooftop photovoltaic panel array for energy production.

Images: Anderson Mason Dale Architects