Additional rooftop solar was installed on the Business Instructional Facility (BIF) in summer 2019. The construction drawings called for 19 solar PV panels rated 200-360W, with microinverters, with a fixed tilt for each panel ranging from 21 to 4
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Business Instructional Facility: LEED Platinum (Completed)
- Business Instructional Facility: LEED Platinum
- Illinois Fire Service Institute: LEED Silver
- Yeh Student Center: LEED Silver
- Lincoln Hall Renovation: LEED Platinum
- Bousfield Hall: LEED Platinum
- Chem Annex Renovation and Addition: LEED Gold
- Electrical and Computer Engineering Building: LEED Platinum
- Huff Hall, Khan Annex: LEED Silver
- Ikenberry Dining Hall: LEED Silver
- Illinois Natural History Survey: LEED Silver
- Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL): LEED Silver
- NCSA Petascale: LEED Gold
- Natural History Building: LEED Gold
- Nugent Hall: LEED Silver
- State Farm Center: LEED Gold
- Surveying Building: LEED Gold
- Wassaja Hall: LEED Gold
- Wounded Veterans in Higher Education: LEED Gold
The Business Instructional Facility was awarded the LEED Platinum Certification on December 2, 2009, having achieved 52 of the 69 possible points on the LEED Scorecard. The construction was especially strong in the Indoor Environmental Quality, receiving 13 of the 15 possible points in that area. This building is the first business facility at a public university anywhere in the world to earn platinum certification through LEED. Cesar Pelli, a U. of I. graduate who was named one of the nation’s 10 most influential architects by the American Institute of Architects, designed the four-story, 160,000-square-foot facility. “LEED platinum certification is more than a culminating acknowledgement of the university’s exceptional environmental stewardship,” said Craig G. Copeland, a senior associate with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
The building was awarded the LEED certification because of the materials the it is made of; the practices used in construction; the “load” it places on campus power, cooling, water, and sewage infrastructure; the impact it has on the environment; and the functions it serves. Sustainable features of the building include 4,000 square feet of solar panels on the outside of the building and automatic light dimmers that detect ambient light from outside in order to adjust accordingly to reduce power consumption. More information about the specifics of the building features and certification requirements is available on the University of Illinois College of Business' page and in the USGBC’s directory.
- Triple pane windows that absorb less solar radiation than traditional panes
- High performance insulation
- Photovoltaic panels on roof harvests solar radiation as a clean renewable energy source.
- Zinc roofing reflects heat away from the building, thus reducing HVAC necessary to modulate. Zinc also lasts 100 years or more.
- Photo sensors on lights to reduce energy consumption as outside light enters room
- Uses a displacement air system which will move warm and cool air through the building more efficiently than a traditional forced-air system. This system also improves air quality.
- Plantings on part of the roof area reduce rain run-off and the impact of heat on the building HVAC. These plantings were specifically chosen because of their regional use and ability to thrive without irrigation or fertilizer.
- Use of water-efficient plantings around facility
- High quality finishes with low embodied energy (quantity of energy required to manufacture, and supply to the point of use, a product, material or service) such as terrazzo and linoleum flooring
- Site located near public transportation to reduce land development impacts from automobile use.
- Automatic light dimmers detect ambient light from outside and adjust accordingly to reduce power consumption.
- Solar panels that are expected to produce approximately 8% of the building's total electricity demand.
- Low-energy-use building design reduces power consumption and cooling power from the campus chiller. Zero use of CFC-based refrigerants also reduces ozone depletion.