The proposed research facility incorporates a high performance façade and shading strategies in order to achieve passive design and low energy principles. The roof megastructure is designed to achieve maxium flexibility to accommodate the ever-changing requirements of technological research.
The undulating nature of the roof allows for various labs that have different height and hardware requirements. Solar control maximizes daylight, minimizes heat loss and infiltration, while also optimizing the use of natural ventilation wherever possible. The mixed mode approach will reduce the overall energy consumption of the development by taking advantage of abundant solar source as well as constant prevailing wind throughout the year.
Energy cogeneration strategies will harness excess heat from indoor computers, equipment, human activity, and other thermal generators to drive steam generators to achieve higher net energy production. This greatly minimizes the energy imported from the Utility provider. 3200m2 of photovoltaic solar panels will provide a large proportion of the building’s energy consumption.
As a building that specializes in green energy research, the roof details are equipped with easily detachable modules to swap for improved systems in the future. The Super-roof grid also provides a rig for testing new solar products or research prototypes. All modules are linked to a smart-grid system that regulates optimum sun angles, and feed real-time data to the research lab’s mainframe computer system. The project achieves preliminary LEED Platinum equivalent: Malaysia Green Building Index Platinum.