The New York State Food Safety and Metrology Laboratory, located on the Harriman State Office Campus in Albany, has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the US Green Building Council. The laboratory was designed and constructed by the State Office of General Services (OGS).
The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) provided support for installation of energy improvements throughout the facility that will help the lab to reduce energy costs by more than $124,000 annually while decreasing electricity consumption by 297,000 kWh.
The 70,000-sq-foot New York State Food Safety and Metrology Laboratory was built on a site that was previously a parking lot, so minimal green space was lost in its construction. The building comprises glass-clad offices and has a metal shading screen along its southern edge, providing daylight into open offices and the labs beyond, which are clad in insulated metal panels.
The lighting and HVAC systems utilize energy efficiency measures within the operation of the laboratory. To maximize efficiency, a mechanical system combines dual energy wheels that supply the facility with temperature neutral air, as well as chilled beams, which temper the air.
During construction of the laboratory, 75 percent of construction waste was recycled and a substantial amount of the building materials came from within 500 miles of Albany.
This is the first building operated by the Department of Agriculture and Markets to gain LEED certification. It joins 15 other state-operated facilities the OGS team has been involved with that now have LEED certification. An additional 12 OGS buildings are currently Energy Star rated.