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New Arizona State University building will reach triple net-zero performance

The science and research complex will include an atrium biome filled with plants and water.

October 09, 2017 |
The large atrium biome in ISTB-7

Rendering courtesy of Studio Ma

The new Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building, or ISTB-7, on the Arizona State University campus will produce enough carbon, energy, water, and waste to achieve triple net-zero performance.

The Studio Ma-designed building will become ASU’s newest science and research complex and include a large atrium biome filled with plants and water. ISTB-7 will bring together a wealth of regenerative and bioclimatic technologies to reach its triple net-zero goal.


Exterior facade of ISTB-7Rendering courtesy of Studio Ma.


Among these technologies are materials that include ASU’s own scientific research and integrated-carbon-capture technology. The structure’s building materials absorb carbon and convert it to nutrients for durable materials and enriched soil.

The atrium biome purifies waste air and a wetlands landscape recycles water using natural, bio-based methods. Rainwater is collected and sun shades help keep the interiors cool and comfortable. Sewage is treated and recycled via low-energy, bio-based systems for use as greywater. Air currents, evapotranspiration, and photovoltaics are used to save and produce energy.


Plants and water in the atrium of ISTB-7Rendering courtesy of Studio Ma.


The inclusion of a light rail station will transform ISTB-7 into a new gateway to the campus.


Aerial view of ISTB-7Rendering courtesy of Studio Ma.

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