- 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 :
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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@example.com 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
Owner approach of sustainability
Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Chesapeake Bay. CBF serves as a watchdog, fighting for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. The CBF motto, "Save the Bay," is a regional rallying cry for pollution reduction throughout the Chesapeake's six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed, which is home to more than 17 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals.
The owner wanted to push the boundaries of what is currently possible in terms of green building to develop one of the greenest buildings in the world that would serve as an educational resource to visitors of the Brock Environmental Center. This involved meeting the very challenging criteria of the Living Building Challenge - to be energy positive, self-sufficient in water use (by being the first building in the USA that legally purifies rainwater for human consumption, low environmental impact materials, etc. At the same time the center had to provide very healthy indoor environments for building occupants and be resistent to the future affects of climate change - such as storm resilience and designed with raising sea levels in mind.
To forge a shared vision for the 118-acre site, the last large undeveloped parcel at Pleasure House Point, monthly stakeholder meetings drew important input from community partners and the City of Virginia Beach. Housing offices for CBF and partner groups, the center also features an 80-seat conference room, meeting rooms, and exhibit display areas. Site development, focused on preservation of the local ecology, includes a boat pier with floating dock, a 250-foot kayak pier, and an open-air education pavilion.
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
- 45 kWhpe/m2.year
- 713 kWhpe/m2.year
- 45 kWhfe/m2.year
- 0 W.m-2.K-1
Real final energy consumption
- 71 m3
Indoor Air quality
Health & Comfort
Climate change resilience
Skanska and project partners
Management / Others
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.
The Brock Environmental Center is in a rural location adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay, which the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is tasked to protect and educate visitors about.
Land plot area
40 460 m2
Vehicular access has been purposefully limited to encourage walking and cycling. There are three ADA parking spaces and delivery access.
- Energy positive building – generated 183% of its electricity and sold the surplus to the grid in its first year of operation
- Energy efficiency measures - well insulated envelope, light sensors, ventilation optimised by CO2 sensors, Variable Refrigerant Flow ventilation system, nighttime cooling
- Renewable energy – 38.8 kW photovoltaic system, two 10 kW wind turbines, and a geothermal heating/cooling system
- Embodied carbon reduced by 7% compared with the project's preliminary carbon footprint
- Low embodied carbon materials chosen, eg natural biobased materials, and the extensive use of recycled, salvaged and reclaimed construction materials
- 'Healthy' materials were prioritised - eg natural, biobased and low-VOC materials
- Fresh air ventilation
- Extensive glazing and building design to optimise daylighting and external views