NESTT Center at EWU

NESTT Center at EWU: NATURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TESTING AND TEACHING CENTER | Living: Building, Curriculum, Community

The LIVING BUILDING Challenge

The Natural and Environmental Science Testing and Teaching Center (NESTT) will be the first of its kind at a public university. By meeting the Living Building Challenge (LBC), NESTT Center will be a showcase for sustainable practices, going beyond the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard. NESTT Center will provide the public with a model of how careful and planned construction can add to the value of the community and be a positive impact on the natural environment.

HOW THE LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE WORKS

PROVEN PERFORMANCE RATHER THAN ANTICIPATED OUTCOME


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The Living Building Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories, or ‘Petals’: Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of 20 Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence. This compilation of Imperatives can be applied to almost every conceivable building project, of any scale and any location—be it a new building or an existing structure.

TWO RULES TO BECOMING A LIVING BUILDING

  1. All Imperatives are mandatory. Many of the Imperatives have temporary exceptions to acknowledge current market limitations. These are listed in the Petal Handbooks, which should be consulted for the most up-to-date rulings. Temporary exceptions will be modified or removed as the market changes. With this standard, the Institute requires advocacy for essential improvements to the building industry.

  2. Living Building Challenge certification is based on actual, rather than modeled or anticipated, performance. Therefore, projects must be operational for at least 12 consecutive months prior to evaluation for the majority of our Imperative verifications. Some Imperatives can be verified after construction, through a preliminary audit.

 

STUDENT SUCCESS

Goal: To create an environment where students succeed at their highest level.

EWU has “cracked the code” for student success. EWU is a national leader for successfully attracting, retaining, graduating and transforming the lives of all students, including under represented, first generation, non-traditional and diverse students of all backgrounds.

INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY

Goal: Build an environment that utilizes research to identify, anticipate and respond to community and societal needs.

EWU is a national leader both in developing multiple pathways for students to complete degrees and in designing imaginative curricula, research and scholarly activity that anticipate and respond effectively to shifting social and economic challenges and opportunities.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Goal: Increase community engagement through active participation of students, staff and faculty with community groups, business, organizations and government.

A significant engine powering the state, EWU is the public university whose students, faculty, staff and alumni make profound and significant contributions to the economic and social vitality of the region. EWU remains the best value for higher education in the state.

Concept Design Funding Provided Byitron

Design PartnersParametrix, Skanska, Miller Hull, GGLO, Biohabitats, PAE

 

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What if a SITE...

NESTT Site
  • reflected what was there before?

  • grew fresh, native food to harvest?

  • was designed for exploration?

  • exposed its natural systems?

What if a BUILDING...

NESTT Site
  • got all of its energy from the sun?

  • got all of its water from the rain?

  • was made only of healthy things?

  • was a hands-on teaching tool?

What if a COMMUNITY...

NESTT Site
  • had a place to celebrate nature?

  • had a place to test systems?

What if a CURRICULUM...

NESTT Site
  • was living and sustainable?

  • was shaped by nature?

The new NESTT Center will be a catalyst for CHANGE.


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