Optimized Energy Performance

Energy GraphsSetting the bar high: with renewable energy sources, highly efficient systems for heating and cooling, and a smart bulding design using advanced materials.

All combine to make the new residence hall a model for energy performance on campus, the state and the region.

To achieve this, the college and designers set a goal to meet all 19 points under LEED Optimize Energy Performance. As the single most important credit within this green building standard, the design focuses on the energy efficiency of the building envelope, appliances, HVAC equipment, use of daylighting and lighting controls and onsite energy.

Taking the project’s energy goals still further, we set a target EUI (energy usage intensity) of 30, which measures annual energy usage per square foot of building, or kbtu/sf-yr. Updated energy models show the project is expected to achieve an EUI of 30 to 32, whereas the national average for a residence hall is 90. That means a 55% reduction in energy from the average residence hall nationally. It takes a blend of key design elements, technologies and material choices to make this happen: rooftop solar, geothermal heating & cooling, a highly insulated building envelope, efficient water heating and more.

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