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Construction and Renovation

Housing & Residence Life and the University are committed to obtaining the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system's Silver-level certification or above for all new building projects, including Phases 2, 3 and 4 of the Alderman Road Replacement Project. The LEED program seeks to promote "buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work."

All new contruction and renovation projects utilize energy efficient and environmentally conscious design principles, including:

  • High reflectivity roofing materials, which reduce cooling loads by radiating away solar heat that would otherwise be absorbed into the building. Reflective roofing can remain 80° to 90° cooler than conventional materials.
  • HVAC systems utilizing an energy recovery wheel, which rotates between the incoming outdoor airstream and the building exhaust airstream. The rotation reduces the energy needed from the HVAC system by transfering a portion of the heat and moisture from one airstream to the other, thereby "pre-conditioning" the outdoor air.
  • High efficiency windows that allow the maximum amount of light while reducing harmful UV rays and heat transfer
  • Appliances that meet the EPA's ENERGY STAR efficiency criteria
  • Low-VOC paint and floor finishes, which minimize potentially hazardous emissions into the atmosphere

[Artist's rendering of Alderman Road buildings]

We are also a sponsor of the Association of College and University Housing Officers - International's 21st Century Project, which is a collaborative project to explore state-of-the-art technologies and concepts in residence hall construction.