Environmentally Advanced Smart Technologies
Plymouth Rock Studios believes in setting a powerful example for the industry and the region by building the world’s first green studio. We have registered our entire development project with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in order to pursue campus wide, new construction certification under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards.
Our design principles focus on stewardship of the land and attaining carbon neutrality, including the integration of multiple renewable and sustainable resources. To bring this innovative concept to fruition, Plymouth Rock Studios has selected Gensler – a leading global architecture, design, planning and strategic consulting firm renowned for its commitment to green design.
The following is a sample of the strategies being employed by Gensler:
Low Impact Development
Adaptive reuse of site and site restoration restores habitat, increases shading, reduces storm water issues, and increases site lifestyle amenities.
Extension of existing public utilities networks for our site and the adjoining school creates a community benefit and reduces total project land use.
Use of Local Work Force and Resources
Strengthens community benefits and partnerships while lowering the development size. The development “builds” only what the larger community cannot provide.
Use of alternate powered vehicles on site (shuttles, cars, golf carts), provides an extension of community mass transit busses to the site, linking it to commuter facilities, local tourist sites and town facilities; all saves energy and lowers the parking demand (Combined with other initiatives, this allows for approx 40% reduction of onsite parking facilities).
Clustered Mixed Use Development
Reduces land use and on site transportation needs, encourages pedestrian activities, saves production time for staff movement and servicing.
High Performance Buildings
Lowers total energy use, provides access to amble day lighting, increases worker comfort, increased usable area inside buildings.
Advanced Building Controls
Optimizes building operation and lowers energy use based on occupancy, schedule and needs. Provides tenants instant feedback on energy use to encourage them to conserve, integrates with utility load shed incentives.
The use of a fully digital process for production is itself a sustainable strategy. Eliminating the film stock, recording tape, related transportation and chemical processing, reducing energy use, reducing storage facilities, speeding workflow, increasing efficiency and creating distribution ready content all contribute to a dramatic change in the impact of the media industry.
Optimization of Production Lighting
Provide more control (dimmers), encourage the use of LED, plasma and alternate lighting sources to lower power usage. All techniques lower mechanical ventilation needs, reduce cabling and speed production turn around. (In baseline study, the stage lighting and the related cooling previously accounted for approx 60% of the studio energy use).
Use Advanced Sustainable Building Systems
Use solar heating and solar cells, co-generation, geothermal systems, radiant heating and natural ventilation in the stages, rainwater harvesting strategies. Combined these allow for the campus to function “off the grid” for 75% of the time, and minimize water use and lower the carbon foot print of the complex.
“Waste Stream” Management
Overall reduction in demand (paper, energy, expendables), use of green screen technology to reduce scenic and production impact, use of local materials (food, wood, etc), coordination with local partners for donation and resource recovery, use/ reuse/ storage of stock materials for repetitive use.
Reduction in “Location” Equipment Used
Develop local resources to eliminate migration of services from out of state. Use lower energy lighting to reduce cabling, generation, equipment transport, extend studio waste stream reductions to location services.
The development will have both a “studio” tour as well as a sustainability tour. Given the number of technologies and practices involved (many based on local suppliers and research), the site is a large sustainability “lab” and training center for “green collar” jobs. The long term goal is to change the media production industry by demonstrating the viability of these production practices to lower production cost and related impacts.
The studio’s principle of responsibility extends beyond the design elements of the facility to our larger philosophy of bioregionalism. We will strive for regional support for everything from the food we serve in the commissary to the materials we use to build the studio.