- Building Type : Office building < 28m
- Construction Year : 2012
- Delivery year : 2014
- Address 1 - street : 23455 VIRGINIA BEACH, USA
- Climate zone : [Cfa] Humid Subtropical - Mild with no dry season, hot summer.
- Net Floor Area : 975 m2
- Construction/refurbishment cost : 7 130 000 €
- Cost/m2 : 7312.82 €/m2
Primary energy need :
(Calculation method : Other )
The Brock Environmental Center is certified to the Living Building Challenge (LBC) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum. The center is designed to be energy positive and zero water, and resilient to the future risks associated with climate change. The center was completed at the end of 2014, but it became one of the world's few buildings certified to the LBC in 2016, after demonstrating its green credentials over a full year.
The Brock Environmental Center on Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach, Virginia, serves as a hub for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). The CBF works to defend one of the nation’s most valuable and threatened natural resources, the Chesapeake Bay, by supporting various education, outreach, advocacy and restoration initiatives. The CBF has occupied the building since the end of 2014.
Skanska was involved in the project from the outset to manage the project on behalf of the client and ensure the LBC and LEED objectives were achieved within budget. The building was designed by SmithGroupJJR and constructed by Hourigan Construction. The center includes office space, meeting rooms, exhibit display areas, an 80-seat conference room, a floating dock and an open-air education pavilion. The building is designed to blend in with the natural surroundings.
The Brock Environmental Center was one of the ten first buildings in the world to be fully certified to all seven petals of the very demanding Living Building Challenge (LBC), and also achieved LEED Platinum. The LBC is a demanding sustainable building certification program that consists of 20 imperatives, which must all be fulfilled following 12 months of operation in order to be certified. LEED is a voluntary U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) certification process intended to encourage and guide the construction of green buildings. Skanska drew on its unique LBC and LEED experience in the USA, and worked closely with the other project partners to fulfil the ambitions of the demanding project. Pre-construction and planning took one year to identify innovative materials and state-of-the-art technologies that could be used to meet the project’s demands.
See more details about this projecthttps://living-future.org/lbc/case-studies/the-chesapeake-bay-brock-environmental-center/#energy
Other consultancy agencySkanska Curtis Elswick, Senior Vice President Regional Executive at Skanska USA Building, Raleigh, North Carolina. [email protected] Project Management on behalf of the client
DesignerSmithGroupJJR Greg Mella Architect & Engineer
ContractorHourigan Construction Chris Brandt Contractor
Other consultancy agencyJanet Harrison Architect Janet Harrison Green Building Consultant
Building users opinion
“At the Brock Center, we set out to show that a building can have remarkable benefits for both the environment and the community. Now it’s a proven concept. All of us have the choice to be sustainable in how we build.”
- Will Baker, Chesapeake Bay Foundation President
- 44,60 kWhpe/m2.year
- 713,00 kWhpe/m2.year
- 44,60 kWhfe/m2.year
- 0,10 W.m-2.K-1
The center generated 183% of its total energy needs in its first year of operation through energy efficiency, a 45 kW solar PV system, two 10kW wind turbines, and a geothermal heating/cooling system.
Real final energy consumption
Climate change resilience
Skanska and project partners
The center is situated by the coast to support the client’s education program, and is designed to be resilient to the future risks associated with climate change. The building is set back 200 ft (60m) from the shore and sits 14 ft (4 m) above the sea level to protect against sea-level rise. The structure and windows are also designed to resist hurricane force winds.
The building is also equipped with zinc shingles and thick, galvanized-coated steel resistant to corrosion from salt spray.
One of CBF's objectives is climate resilience. This climate adaption to climate change is complementary to the Brock Environmental Center's approach to climate mitigation - for example through energy efficiency and renewable energy.
- 40 460,00 m2
- 5,00 %
- 70,70 m3
Indoor Air quality
Reasons for participating in the competition(s)
A pioneering energy positive, net-zero water and Living Building Challenge building
The Brock Environmental Center was one of the ten first buildings in the world to be fully certified to all seven petals of the very demanding Living Building Challenge (LBC), and is certified to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum. The center generates almost double its annual energy demand and uses rainwater to meet all its water needs. Materials were carefully selected to meet the LBC requirements, and the building is designed to promote healthy indoor environments. The center is also designed to be resilient to the future risks associated with climate change.