IES is excited to be a partner in Binghamton University’s (Binghamton, NY) first Living Building Challenge project, called Nuthatch Hollow.
Ashley McGraw Architects has designed the 2,500 sf environmental classroom and research facility on the grounds of a 70+ acre nature preserve. In pursuit of full petal certification, as well as the goal of being Passivehaus certified, the project seeks to engage the wider community: students, faculty, staff and the community in the ongoing design process. In fact, students are at the heart of the materials discussion: investigating preferential materials for inclusion in the project specifications, and even making product recommendations when their research leads them to new materials and manufacturers. IES trained students on the LBC materials vetting process, and soon members of the university will begin to use Red2Green for their materials petal documentation and product research.