33 Harry Agganis Way

Boston University’s newest addition to the city skyline offers fantastic views and energy efficient living. From CO2 sensors that manage ventilation when needed, to bamboo walls, a beautiful and rapidly renewable resource, here are a few highlights from 33 Harry Agganis Way:

Water Efficiency:

Energy and Atmosphere:

  • Transparent double-glazed low-E coated glass reduce heat and cooling loss while providing abundant natural light
  • Occupancy sensors for lighting controls
  • Occupancy sensors for suite fan coil units
  • Fully automated systems optimize building energy efficiency
  • Ventilation system uses filtered, unconditioned outside air for cooling during the late fall, winter, and early spring
  • Heat pipe energy recovery coil transfers heating and cooling energy from exhausted air, to fresh air supply
  • Refrigeration and fire suppression systems free of ozone-depleting chemicals
  • Indirect evaporative cooling for sensible heat recovery in cooling season
  • Variable frequency drives installed on hot water pumps and secondary chilled water pumps
  • Oversized cooling tower to reduce motor horse power required
  • Electronically communicated motors installed with fan coil units for increased efficiency

Materials and Resources:

  • Dedicated area for storage and collection of recyclable materials
  • Recycled content in construction materials
  • Bamboo walls incorporated into shared living spaces

Indoor Environmental Quality:

  • Natural daylight in 90% of indoor spaces
  • CO2 — demand control ventilation

Sustainable Site Design:

  • Highly reflective roofing materials reduce heat-island effect
  • Bicycle storage and on-site shower facilities for cyclists
  • The rate and quantity of stormwater runoff to the watershed was decreased