Science Museum of Minnesota - Science House

Owner: Science Museum of MN

Location: Saint Paul, MN

Description: Built as part of "The Big Backyard" at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The House serves as a public environmental experiment facility, classroom, and special event space. The building is designed to function as a zero-emission building. By incorporating solar roof panels and geothermal systems, it provides as much energy as it consumes. More specifically, with a energy load that is 60 percent below code, and operating a 8.8 kW photovoltaic system, the building produces more energy than it consumes on an annual basis. The Science House also uses a solar-electric powered geothermal heat pump consisting of four 250-feet-deep wells. Combined with passive solar design, all heating and cooling needs are derived from renewable sources. Project utilized U.S. Green Council - Leadership In Environmental Design (LEED®) principals.