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Bousfield Hall: LEED Platinum (Completed)

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Bousfield Hall LEED® Certified: Bousfield Hall, which opened in Fall 2013, became the third university facility to achieve LEED Platinum status, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest certification level, joining the Business Instructional Facility and Lincoln Hall.

Background

Responsible Materials

  • More than 20 percent of the materials used for the project were manufactured and harvested within a 500-mile radius from the site, including the concrete and brick. Using regional materials helps support the local economy and reduces transportation costs and environmental impacts.
  • More than 20 percent of the products used in the construction of Bousfield contain recycled content.
  • The project used certified wood, which comes from responsibly managed, sustainable sources.

Green roof on Bousfield

Increased Efficiency

  • The roofing material is designed to reduce solar heat absorption, keeping the environment cooler and using less energy for air conditioning.
  • The wall and roof insulation was selected for its ability to keep cold or hot temperatures out, promoting a comfortable temperature inside, saving energy, and lowering the heating/cooling costs. 
  • The landscape is designed with native and drought-tolerant plants to reduce dependency on potable water (including on small patches of "green roof," located on the north and southwest sides of the building—see photo at right).
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures were utilized to reduce water consumption.
  • Light fixtures throughout the building use low-energy wattage lamps to conserve energy.
  • Ample windows throughout the building allow for natural daylight and reduced usage of artificial light.

Improved Air Quality

  • Indoor Air Quality measures were implemented during the construction process to achieve a high level of cleanliness and air quality. Keeping the construction site clean also protects the HVAC systems and improves efficiency.

Bike racks outside of Bousfield

  • Low-emitting materials were used throughout the building, include low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants.

Green Living

  • New, covered bike racks were installed near Bousfield, promoting alternative transportation (see photo at right).
  • Housing's Facilities workers utilize green cleaning products that limit environmental impacts, while also providing a healthier working environment for the building’s workers and residents.

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