U Kentucky Opens Green Energy Lab
The university’s Center for Applied Energy Research has debuted a new laboratory that will support research and manufacturing of biofuels, solar technology and high-tech batteries. The 43,000-square-foot facility is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification and features geothermal heating.
Prescott College Debuts Sustainable Student Housing
(U.S.): Designed to meet LEED Gold certification requirements, the 104-bed residence hall features passive solar design and solar photovoltaic technology that is expected to generate 100 percent of its energy needs.
2 U California Berkeley Buildings Earn LEED Gold Certification
Sustainable features of the 55,000-square-foot addition to the university’s Law Library include a rooftop garden, thermal and lighting controls, and the use of low-VOC and recycled materials. The university’s Li Ka Shing Center features reclaimed wood paneling, low-emitting office carpeting, rubber lab floors and a green roof planted with vegetation attractive to native butterflies and bees.
Framingham State U Dorm Achieves LEED Gold
The 410-bed residence hall features ultra-high efficiency boilers, a geothermal heat pump system and a 20,000-gallon underground cistern that captures and diverts rainwater to irrigate the surrounding landscapes. Additional sustainable features include low-flow plumbing, a bottle filter station and rooftop ventilators that recover energy by taking heat out of the exhaust air to reheat the air coming in during the winter. One hundred percent of electricity consumed by the building is purchased from renewable sources.
Cuyahoga CC Technology Building Awarded LEED Gold
(U.S.): The college's Health Careers and Technology building uses 34 percent less energy than a conventional building. A 28,000-gallon cistern captures stormwater run-off from the roof and from clean condensation from the building’s air handling units to water the landscaping, resulting in a 50 percent reduction in potable water used for landscape watering. High-efficiency plumbing fixtures inside the building also reduce domestic water needs by 44 percent.
George Washington U Renovation Certified LEED Gold
(U.S.): Sustainable features of Ames Hall, the university’s fifth campus building to receive LEED Gold certification, include a green roof, water bottle filling stations, bicycle racks and four fuel-efficient vehicle preferred parking spaces. The renovation of the academic building also demonstrates a 39 percent decrease in potable water usage and 28 percent increase in energy performance.
Guelmim Technology School Features Vernacular Architecture
(Morocco): The new campus building stays true to the localized needs and traditions of Morocco, featuring louvers and slats in the massing that permit natural light to enter the building and walkways without excessive solar gain, and allow for natural ventilation that keeps the campus cool on hot summer days. Locally-adapted plant species are also featured in shaded landscaping areas.
Rice U Physics Hall Receives LEED Gold
(U.S.): Home to dozens of experimental, theoretical and applied physicists, this 110,000-square-foot facility features an energy-recovery system that saves as much as 30 percent of the energy needed to cool the building in the summer. The building also has a dehumidification system, which captures humidity and returns it as pure, clean water to the university's Central Plant.
U Buffalo Residence Hall Earns LEED Certification
(U.S.): The university's William R. Greiner Residence Hall features low-flow faucets and floor tiling made from recycled soda bottles. The university is also recycling thousands of brick pavers from a campus sidewalk for use in a new dining hall and is working to repurpose soiled old lounge chairs for continued use on campus.
U Puget Sound Health Sciences Building Earns LEED Gold
(U.S.): The university's Weyerhaeuser Hall features 40 geothermal wells; 10–20 percent recycled content in a quarter of the building's materials; paints, coatings, carpets, wood and agrifiber that emit low levels of air pollutants; and predominant daylighting. More than 97 percent of all construction waste was diverted from the landfill.
Taylor U Completes Green Science Center
The university has completed construction on its 127,000-square-foot science complex that was designed to be both sustainable and to serve as an environmental learning tool. Sustainable features include a 10-kilowatt photovoltaic system, rooftop garden, geothermal system and wind turbines. The facility also features a heliostat that helps capture natural daylight.
U Tennessee Ayres Hall Renovation Earns LEED Silver
After a two-year, $23 million renovation, the university's classroom building features low-flow plumbing fixtures and energy-efficient windows. The renovation included the refurbishment and reinstallation of the original hardwood floors, clay roof tiles and marble.
Emory U Conference Center Hotel Earns LEED Silver
The Emory Conference Center Hotel features a single-stream recycling program, turns food waste into gray water and converts waste oils into biodiesel for the university’s transportation fleet. The hotel also received the Achievement Award for Good Earthkeeping from the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
New Mexico State U Housing Achieves LEED Gold
The university’s new Chamisa II multi-family home structure features a water collection system that takes water from the roof of each building and drains it into storage ponds for use in irrigation systems. Additional sustainable features include drought-resistant landscaping, recycled insulation, low-flow plumbing and energy-efficient appliances.
U Iowa IT Facility Earns LEED Platinum
The university's first LEED Platinum building features a bio-retention cell to retain and absorb water run-off, serving as a natural filter and providing erosion control. Additional sustainable features include low-emitting and green building materials, bicycle storage and shower facilities, efficient fixtures and a white roof to reduce the heat island effect.
U Louisville School of Dentistry Renovation Awarded LEED Silver
Green renovations including more efficient HVAC systems and lighting occupancy sensors are expected to increase energy efficiency by 7 percent and reduce annual water usage by 534,455 gallons. The project includes more than 30 percent recycled and regional materials.
2 Langara College Buildings Earn LEED Gold
The college's Student’s Union/Building C complex features a thermal energy exchange system that produces zero greenhouse gas emissions from heating and cooling. The college's Library/Classroom Building has received additional accolades including the Canadian Architecture Award of Excellence and the Sustainable Architecture & Building Award.
Loyola U Chicago Debuts Green Building
Home to a number of centers and classrooms, the newest building on the university’s Lake Shore Campus includes a high performance exterior enclosure, in-slab radiant heating and cooling, and an atrium that passively induces natural stack-effect ventilation. Cuneo Hall is seeking LEED Gold certification.
U Arkansas Little Rock Residence Hall Receives LEED Gold
Sustainable features of the second LEED-certified project on campus include: a roof constructed with reflective materials, landscaping that combines native and adapted vegetation with efficient irrigation, and low-flow plumbing fixtures. More than 88 percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfills.
College of the Holy Cross Residence Hall Earns LEED Gold
Sustainable features of the $19.2 million dorm include a secure interior bike storage room, low-flow fixtures, occupancy sensors and regionally sourced and recycled materials. This is the second LEED Gold-certified project on campus.
Harvard U Receives 8th Biolab LEED Certification
The Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Mango Lab is the eighth space within the university’s Biological Laboratories Building to receive LEED certification. Sustainable features of the LEED Silver-certified space include efforts to divert waste from landfills, locally sourced materials and occupancy sensors.
U Colorado Boulder Sports Facility Earns LEED Platinum
The 44,000-square-foot volleyball and basketball practice facility includes rooftop solar panels that are capable of providing 10 to 12 percent of the building’s electricity. The structure is cooled with an evaporative system and is outfitted with low-flow plumbing fixtures, efficient lighting and high-performance insulation and windows.
U Iowa Renovation Earns LEED Gold
The first LEED renovation on campus, clinical psychology hub Stuit Hall incorporates daylighting, a rain garden to capture stormwater, occupancy sensors, low-VOC and formaldehyde-free products, energy-efficient mechanicals, and recycling storage and collection centers on every floor.
U Louisville Installs First Green Roof
The new Sky Garden is expected to trim 25 percent from heating and cooling costs in the two-story building it covers. Draining to a rain garden below to help prevent campus flooding, the roof sits atop a new business school addition.
Columbia U Achieves LEED for Neighborhood Development-Platinum
The university’s upcoming 17-acre Manhattanville campus has received the first LEED for Neighborhood Development-Platinum certification for a university campus plan in the U.S. To be built on a former industrial site, the campus will be an energy-efficient, pedestrian-oriented community that combines local retail, culture and green space. The campus is designed to create connections between the university and local communities, and between West Harlem and the revitalized Hudson River waterfront in New York City.
Central U Jharkhand Plans Eco-Friendly Campus
(India): The university has applied for a four-star rating with the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment, India's national ratings system for green buildings. The university is designing a campus that uses minimum energy to power itself; uses efficient equipment to meet its lighting and air-conditioning needs and maximize the use of renewable sources of energy; uses efficient waste and water management practices; and provides comfortable and hygienic indoor working conditions.
Deferred Maintenance of Campus Buildings On the Rise
(U.S.): Deferred maintenance of aging campus buildings remains a nagging burden and recent trends suggest that the situation could be getting worse, reports a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article. The need for repairs and modernization has risen since the start of the 2008 recession, particularly at public institutions, and many major universities can tally their maintenance needs in the hundreds of millions of dollars. With state money receding and philanthropy an unreliable source of relief, notes the article, colleges increasingly face two options: charge students higher fees or borrow more money.
New U Buffalo Engineering Building to Seek LEED Gold
(U.S.): The new 130,000-square-foot building features "locally sourced and recycled materials; day lighting and smart controls to reduce consumption; bio-retention swales; and a green roof to reduce run-off," the university's Chief Sustainability Officer Ryan A. McPherson tells AASHE Bulletin. The new facility has been nominated as a finalist for Business First’s Green Brick By Brick award and received the Best New Educational Facility from the trade publication.
U California San Diego Student Housing Achieves LEED Platinum
Providing housing for 516 students, the apartment building's shape and arrangement works to capture prevailing winds near the Pacific Ocean to lessen the need for mechanical air conditioning. An on-site wastewater-recycling project provides landscape irrigation water.
U Massachusetts Amherst Music Building Earns LEED Gold
The university has received its first LEED certification with the new 15,000-square-foot George N. Parks Minutemen Marching Band Building, which features efficient mechanical systems, plumbing fixtures and lighting. More than 75 percent of construction waste was recycled.
Germanna CC Debuts Green Science & Engineering Commons
The community college’s new $25 million Science & Engineering and Information Commons building will be used to teach students, faculty and visitors about environmental technology, energy efficiency and sustainability. Using the mechanical systems and renewable energy features of the building, students will gain hands-on experience monitoring and calibrating a working green building. Sustainable features include a vegetated roof, passive solar heating, automatic shades, skylights for ambient lighting, native plant landscaping and a rainfall harvesting system to provide water for the restrooms.
Harvard U Achieves 75 LEED Certifications
The milestone represents over 2.4 million square feet of LEED New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance and Homes systems. The renovated Harvard Yard Child Care Center and Oxford Street Daycare Cooperative are the latest LEED certifications for the university.
Pennsylvania State U Building Awarded LEED Gold
The Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building includes a range of sustainability strategies including rainwater collection and a heat-recovery system. In collaboration with students, a "Sustainability Awareness" signage program has also been implemented in the building.
Wake Forest U Barn Earns LEED Silver
The on-campus student social venue is first building on campus to feature solar electric PV cells. Surrounded by wildlife and accessible via walking path, the building also features energy-efficient fans to cool the space in the hottest months.
Ohio State U Dining Commons Achieves LEED Silver
The university's Kennedy Commons features the original exterior from 1955, an effort to preserve the historic exterior of the building and minimize construction debris. Additional sustainable features include low VOC building materials and the reuse of existing furniture. Seventy-five percent of the construction waste was recycled.
Harvard U Lab Renovation Earns LEED Platinum
(U.S.): A two-year demolition and reconstruction project to accommodate the Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Department has earned the Sherman Fairchild Building a LEED Commercial Interiors Platinum certification. New energy efficiency measures include an internal heat shift chiller that captures heat from high-load zones and redistributes it to other parts of the building; occupancy sensors that close fume hoods automatically when not in use; and windows to provide natural ventilation in non-lab spaces.
U Queensland Facility Awarded Green Star Certification
(Australia): The university’s new Advanced Engineering Building has received a 5 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. Sustainable features include a passive cooling system, natural ventilation, the use of recycled materials and building-wide monitoring systems that track the building’s environmental performance.
Champlain College Restoration Awarded LEED Platinum
The $12 million renovation and expansion of the college's Welcome and Admission Center features a geothermal heat pump to provide space heating and cooling, ecological landscaping for wildlife habitat and stormwater reduction, energy-efficient lighting and the use of local and recycled building materials.
Eastern Michigan U Installs Green Roof
The 3,000-square-foot rooftop garden, installed atop the university's new Science Complex, contains 16 plant species and is expected to save the university $3,600 in energy costs per year.
Maharishi U Mgmt Debuts Net-Zero Sustainable Living Center
Together, the building's 58 solar panels and 100-foot wind turbine are capable of producing 25 kilowatts, contributing to the building's ability to produce more energy than it consumes annually. Other energy-saving features include a heat pump and geothermal tubing, extensive use of daylighting, and strategic placement of windows and verandas. As more funds are raised, the university plans to take the center completely off the grid with respect to electricity, heating, cooling, water and waste.
Public Institutions Caught in Maintenance Funding Conundrum
In what Inside Higher Ed is calling "the other debt crisis," public colleges and universities are issuing their own debt to finance facility renovations, reports the online news source. Facing aging campuses, several years of backlogged maintenance projects, increased competition for students and little hope that states are going to fund the construction they need, institutions are "now catching up for several years of not being funded appropriately." Institutions that can't issue cheap debt are faced with choosing whether to hold off on projects (leading to an aging and potentially unsafe campus and more expensive renovations in the future), or funding projects from their operating budgets, potentially siphoning off resources for other priorities like faculty salaries and student services.
Rice U Renovation Earns LEED Silver
Sustainable features of the renovation of Will Rice College include salvaged roofing materials, water-efficient fixtures, occupancy sensors for lights and 54 new bicycle parking spots.