A Prototype for a Zero Carbon Emissions Office Building in St. Louis, MO.

Challenging Site

The team selected a potentially developable site in midtown St. Louis, Mo., for the project. They selected this site for its challenging four-season climate, because electricity costs in Missouri are among the lowest in the country — a factor that challenged the team’s ability to make the design affordable — and because St Louis’ electrical fuel profile is 81 percent coal.

The team believed that if they could create a market-rate carbon neutral design on this difficult site, they would be able replicate the process in any location.

The building site is part of an emerging biotech corridor. To the west is Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center, and to the east is Saint Louis University. Immediately to the north is the city’s historic Central West End, a thriving commercial and residential district.

The site is on a bus line and adjacent to the St. Louis MetroLink rapid transit system near a planned new stop in the next improvement cycle.

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