San Francisco, California
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Join hosts Shiela Medina, Courtney Fisk and Greg Copley of University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research, for an in-depth tour of their LEED-registered Lab #2. This new 43,000 square foot building expands the Center's research capacity in three areas: batteries, biofuels, solar and electronic systems.
You will also hear about some of the research being conducted in the CAER, which includes:
- biofuels (liquid transportation fuels)
- energy storage
- solar (printing solar cells, spray on cells, etc.)
- waste utilization (byproducts from coal combustion, concrete that hardens in 15 minutes (spray on)
- carbon materials ( for the aerospace and transportation industry)
- carbon capture for coal fired power plants by either chemical scrubbing or algae
Discover the many facets of the CAER, and its goal of LEED Gold certification. View 10-minute video here.
Other amazing facts leading to LEED certification:
- The laboratory building design target was a 50% reduction in energy usage compared to similar facilities. The final percentage is 54%.
- It is targeted to be LEED Gold certified.
- The exterior and roof have twice the amount of insulation normally used.
- Office windows receive southern-directional light and contain a nanogel material that diffuses sunlight and provides the same insulation as brick walls.
- Geothermal heating and cooling.
- Occupancy sensors that turn off lights automatically when a space isn't being used.
- Ventilation system that recaptures energy.
Come prepared to tour! We will be touring active laboratories so you are required to wear long pants and (comfortable) closed-toe shoes. There will be a good amount of walking, inside and outside between buildings.
The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy (CAER) investigates energy technologies to improve the environment. Researchers contribute to technically-sound policies related to fossil and renewable energy. CAER is one of UK's multidisciplinary research centers. Research efforts are directed to:
- coal beneficiation, utilization, and conversion process technologies
- fuel use
- coal combustion by-products
- engineered fuels
- derivation of high added-value materials and chemicals
- renewable energy such as biofuels and bioenergy, electrochemistry, solar energy and environmental remediation.
The CAER is a UK unit that is staffed by professional scientists and engineers, has extensive interactions with faculty members and students, and provides analytical services for outside organizations. CAER adds to the teaching and instruction arm of UK by educating students from pre-college to postgraduate levels and being involved in labor force development for the Commonwealth.
About your hosts
Associate Director, Research Program Manager, Development and Community Engagement
Assistant Director for Facilities and Operations, Director's Office View CV
Program Coordinator, East KY Regional Office, Development and Community Engagement
West Liberty, Kentucky, Morehead State University View Biosketch
CE Credit Available
A minimum of 1 hour of LEED CE credit will be availble for anyone seeking LEED CE hours.
When & Where
Kentucky U.S. Green Building Council
To improve the health and welfare of all Kentucky citizens through a sustainable and responsible built environment.
To educate and promote the design, construction, and operation of buildings and the built environment in Kentucky that are environmentally responsible places to live, work and learn.
- Develop an organization of excellence to solidify the Chapter’s capacity to impact market transformation within the Commonwealth of Kentucky to a sustainable built environment.
- Provide the education and forum for dialogue with all stakeholders including Kentucky’s underserved population to drive an overall increase in the market’s capacity for sustainable development and access to all.
- Advocate for public policy advancing the mission and vision of USGBC and educate policy leaders in the advantages of the LEED system as a standard for green building and neighborhood development.
- Encourage the use of Green Building Best Practices and additional tools and standards for certifying green buildings and neighborhood development.