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Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility

A photo of a grey, three-story research facility on a large campus.

The Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility

The Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility (IBRF) incorporates a large number of energy efficiency and sustainability practices into its cutting-edge design. This facility received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and supports a variety of advanced biofuels projects and enables researchers and industry partners to develop, test, evaluate, and demonstrate processes for the production of bio-based products and fuels.

Fast Facts

  • Cost: $33.5M
  • Square feet: 27,000
  • Occupants: 32
  • Labs/Equipment: high-bay biochemical conversion pilot plant that handles up to one ton of dry biomass per day; multiple stand-alone fermentation systems; compositional analysis laboratories

Energy Efficiency Features

  • Natural ventilation through operable windows
  • Daylighting
  • Open air cubicles
  • LED lights with lighting control system

Sustainability Features

  • Composting and recycling bins
  • Native and xeriscape vegetation
Learn more on the IBRF Web page.