Astana Expo 2017

Astana, Kazakhstan

ESD’s PEP Studio pushed the boundaries of energy performance, ensuring all 27 buildings could endure the extreme weather of the world’s second-coldest capital city.

As lead Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, and Building Controls designer, our team focused on high-performance systems that are robust, efficient, and ensure comfortable conditions for visitors to the Expo and occupants of the building in their post-Expo converted use.

Keeping with the Expo theme, “Future Energy,” parametric energy, water, and waste modeling tools were used to inform design decisions and establish a defensible methodology to evaluate the project’s sustainability goals.

A cost analysis of energy conservation measures employed in the design of the Expo buildings identifies 50% total energy savings, including savings from building-integrated photovoltaics, wind power, and ground source heat pumps.

We developed a web-based data visualization tool to inform architectural and client decisions by presenting engineering model results throughout the design process. A robust suite of information visualization types, including 3D architectural model of performance metrics, enable stakeholders to view impacts on energy production and consumption resulting from design decisions. User-generated visualizations can be saved and shared securely over the web in real time for collaboration between engineers, architects, and clients.