• Rendering courtesy of The Miller Hull Partnership.

N.E.S.T.T. Center, Eastern Washington University

Cheney, WA

Project Categories

Living Buildings + Net-Zero and Higher education

Business Type

Higher-education research and academic building


20,000 square feet


The Miller Hull Partnership


Eastern Washington University

PAE Role

Mechanical engineering

Electrical engineering


Technology design

Architectural lighting design

Pursuing Living Building Challenge

Pursuing Net-Zero Energy

Pursuing Net-Zero Water


Percent better energy efficiency

than code requirements



  • Pursuing Net-Zero Water
  • Pursuing Living Building
  • Pursuing Net-Zero Energy

Progress Report

Pursuing 70-80% energy efficiency

Special features

  • Rainwater-reclamation system will provide domestic potable water supply
  • Greywater recirculation through interior living wall
  • Waste collected from composting toilets will be treated and processed into fertilizer that can be used offsite for landscaping and agriculture
  • Passive heating and cooling
  • Extensive use of thermal mass
  • Extensive daylighting coupled with occupancy and timelock lighting controls will reduce energy usage
  • Natural ventilation and a dedicated outdoor air system with 90% efficient heat-recovery unit will provide excellent indoor air quality
  • Vertical, closed-loop geothermal wells will serve as heat source and heat sink
  • Rooftop solar hot-water system
  • Radiant floor system will provide active heating
  • New photovoltaic (PV) panels will be installed while an existing array will be re-used and serve as an educational tool to demonstrate improvements in this technology
  • Wind turbine