How We Built Sustainability into the “Lab of the Year”



Identify and analyze sustainable opportunities in the design of a complex geochemistry lab for Columbia University.


  • Altanova led a NYSERDA-sponsored new construction project for advanced energy modelling and analysis for a 69,000 SF geochemistry laboratory building.
  • The building included wet labs, high-hazard areas, offices and conference rooms, making the design extremely complex.


  • We identified innovative measures such as lighting and ventilation controlled by occupancy sensors, energy recovery ventilation and high-efficiency air-cooled chillers.
  • Their energy consumption was reduced by by 16% compared to the original design, the building achieved LEED Silver certification and was named “Lab of the Year” by R&D Daily magazine


reduction in energy consumption

“Lab of the Year”

awarded by R&D Daily