Envisioning a sustainable campus relies on research that identifies and outlines what goes into a project and how it will function. Laboratory facilities are one of the highest energy consuming buildings on the campus. By outlining the waste streams we can start to reconnect wasted resources. Cradle-to-Cradle concepts reconnect lost resources in a waste equals food closed cycle.
Due to the nature of research funding, university lab buildings are rarely at full occupancy. Rather than conditioning open lab spaces that span an entire floor, activating and conditioning smaller lab spaces as they fill in a staged scheme could greatly reduce energy consumption during times of low occupancy. This adaptive use will save energy and allow for interdisciplinary research.