Faculty of Biology – Building B
The biology department at the Universitas Gadjah Mada first formed in 1955 as a dedicated space to teach students about Indonesia’s natural resources. While the department has grown since, the desire to understand and protect natural resources still exists, and has even inspired the department to consider its own environmental impact. The new Faculty of Biology Building B at the Universitas Gajah Mada has green features that conserve natural resources and leave a lower carbon footprint. Located in Yogyakarta, the five-floor building contains three classrooms, a Laboratory of Plant Systematic, a Laboratory of Plant Physiology, a Laboratory of Structure and Development and a library.
Designed and constructed by PT. Omega Minerba Gan, the Faculty of Biology Building lowers operational costs with the help of external shading devices, single-flush water closets and clay-tiled roofing. The building’s green features have been implemented at no additional cost to the university, resulting in a positive sum gain when utility bills are taken into consideration. In addition to its green features, the building also adopted earthquake-resistant building standards as well as accessibility standards for persons with disabilities.
The Faculty of Biology Building B has received final EDGE certification from Green Building Council Indonesia.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint/tiles for walls, external shading devices, insulated roof and external walls, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) cooling system and energy-saving lighting.
Low-flow showerheads and faucets, single flush water closets and water-efficient urinals.
Clay roofing tiles on steel rafters and autoclaved aerated concrete blocks for internal and external walls.
*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.