Prestigious certification recognizes sustainability achievement
The Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering is a 100,000-square-foot green facility designed to unite students, faculty, and industry in the pursuit of new solutions and technologies in the areas of sustainability, wireless communication, energy, and advanced manufacturing. It was recently awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.
“The LEED Gold Certification reflects our belief that educating students in a high-energy, state-of-the-art environment is both vital to their future success as well as to the school’s commitment to supporting sustainability research,” says School of Engineering dean Thomas N. Farris.
Thanks to its robust array of sustainable design accomplishments, Weeks Hall earned LEED Gold Certification by exceeding the project’s original planned goal of LEED Silver Certification.
Highly efficient LEED certified buildings save energy and water resources, generate less waste, and support human health. As a Gold Certified building, Weeks Hall of Engineering earned between 60 and 79 points across a number of categories, ranging from materials and resources and indoor environmental quality to water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, and more.
State-of-the-art Weeks Hall boasts flexible learning laboratories, smart classrooms, collaborative work spaces, dedicated student spaces, and advanced integrated technologies The prestigious global recognition acknowledges the many sustainable design features that are incorporated into Weeks Hall’s innovative learning environment, including:
- Energy cost savings of 29% through solar orientation and superior envelop design. Mechanical systems include active chilled beams, ventilation with 100% outdoor air with a heat recovery energy wheel managed by demand control occupancy and carbon dioxide sensors.
- Energy efficient LED lighting.
- A 38% reduction of potable water use.
- The diversion of 97% of construction waste from landfills.
- A commitment to density, storm water quality, and control and best practices of public use transit and access.
- Use of recycled content, locally harvested materials, FSC-certified wood, and more.
- An education program that promotes sustainable stewardship.
- A green roof, structural measurement sensors, and a computer-accessible lighting display for student projects that transform the building itself into a “living lab” for teaching and research and collaborative opportunities.