We are pleased to announce The Imaginarium at I-Square, a two-story, 9,000 sq. ft. Net-Zero-Energy (NZE) Educational Center for Art and Science will open to the public on Tuesday, December 26th. The hours will be Tuesdays-Saturdays 9am-4pm.
Its mission is to provide a unique space to creatively showcase and promote earth-friendly practices in order to positively demonstrate forward thinking and alternative methods of construction and development as well as educate our visitors on the technology and benefits of renewable energy resources.
In addition to a geothermal heating, cooling and ventilating system, the Imaginarium generates electricity on site with the following sources:
• A 26-kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar PV system with 92 panels
• Two 8.9 kW small wind turbines
• 21 pieces of electricity-generating exercise equipment
The Imaginarium also features a vertical greenhouse with a hydropower demonstration area, an Art gallery, education space, and a real-time dashboard showing building energy performance. Local Art Students and Artists will be showcasing their artwork for the opening and will be on display until January 27.
The rooftop will also have a high efficiency, all electric kitchen to accommodate visitors on both The Imaginarium and Building 1, which will be connected via a rooftop walkway. WATCH THIS VIDEO for more information on each component in the Imaginarium.
This project is part of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program, a major statewide initiative encouraging communities to incorporate sustainability goals and principles into local decision-making, and then form partnerships to transform markets that lead to the reduction of emissions and the generation of economic development benefits. The program, administered by NYSERDA, also empowers communities to take action, providing technical resources and decision-making tools on land use, housing, transportation, energy, economic development and environmental practices, resulting in a more vibrant and prosperous New York State.