Cope Environmental Center

Project Overview

Heapy provided Mechanical-Electrical Design services and Commissioning services for the new, 6,000 SF facility that expands Cope Environmental Center’s capacity for environmental programs, serve as a community gathering space, and act as a powerful teaching tool for sustainable living in East-Central Indiana.

Its low profile helps keep the focus on the land, not the structure. PV panels and other alternative energy systems assist CEC meet the demands of the Living Building Challenge to be “net zero” in energy usage.

A display hall greets visitors, educates them about the building, introduces them to CEC programs, and is the first stop for the Bicentennial Legacy Conservation Area.

A large multipurpose room serves several functions including a host site for summits and community functions (producing revenue for the Center’s operations), educational space for visitors, and most importantly, space to host large groups of visiting school children! This room can be sub-divided into three separate areas holding 50 people each.

A dedicated classroom houses the technical components necessary for long-distance learning, water/soil testing, and hands-on learning. Students are able to utilize CEC 52 weeks a year!

Each piece of the building is a teaching tool including the water reclamation system, passive solar design, and ultra-high efficiency building materials.


Achieved Net Zero
31 kBtu/SF-Year EUI as Modeled
3 kBtu/SF-YR EUI actual without PV
-1.82kBtu/SF-Yr with PV
Energy Reduction Features

HP Building Envelope
LED Lighting Systems
Closed Loop Geothermal HP
Radiant Slab
Low Flow Fixtures
Water Well & Septic Leach Waste Water


Thought Content

Planning for the New Normal
Plumbing Systems Re-Occupancy and Ongoing Operations

Your building may have been shut down these past many months due to WFH/COVID. Minimal use of your building’s water systems creates stagnant water in your plumbing system piping and equipment, which promotes the growth of Legionella and/or other biofilm-associated bacteria. This places your building occupants at risk when re-occupancy occurs. Now is the time to develop and implement a safe and effective Water Management Plan to protect your building occupants, maximizing their health and safety upon re-occupancy.

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