In addition to being officially recognized as a LEED Gold building, O’Brien Hall just received $59,361 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)for the installation of energy ifficiency measures as part of the New York Energy Smart New Construction Program.
To qualify for this award, many Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) were implemented in O’Brien Hall, including air conditioning and heating Unit with an energy recovery wheel, variable speed pumps on all water systems, and high efficiency lighting.
What does all this add up to? Here is the Annual Utilities and Dollar Savings in round numbers:
Electric savings = 24,000 …
It’s official! See the article from the University of Rochester newsroom:
The University of Rochester’s newest campus residence, O’Brien Hall, has earned LEED® Gold certification, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) for its sustainable construction, landscaping, and operations. O’Brien Hall is the first LEED-recognized building on River Campus and joins the Medical Center’s Saunders Research Building—also LEED Gold—in the University’s official portfolio.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s pre-eminent recognition program for high-performance green buildings, awarding certification at the levels of certified, silver, gold, and platinum based …
The new home of the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Raymond F. LeChase Hall, was built with regard to the principles and practices of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED consists of ranking systems for the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings, homes, and neighborhoods. There are four levels of LEED – Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To achieve higher rankings, points are awarded for high performance in implementing environmentally friendly technology and designs. LeChase Hall has been built to the standards of LEED Silver.
Construction can be a large contributor to waste generation, and thus prioritizing careful disposal …
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Those who frequent Strong Memorial Hospital have probably seen the new, fabulous remodeled ‘Café 601’, completed in late 2012. The new facilities include new cooking equipment, food stations, salad bar, beverage dispensers, and a recycling center. In addition there are many more efficient and sustainable design aspects incorporated into the new cafeteria.
SWBR Architects collaborated with the University of Rochester Campus Planning, Design and Construction Management group, Medical Center Space Planning, DiMarco Constructors, LLC, IBC Engineering, and the Medical Center’s Food & Nutrition Services to create a design for the new cafeteria which included some remarkable sustainable features. …
According to the Alliance to Save Energy, current energy use in buildings comprises 42 percent of all energy use in the US. This is more than industrial or even transportation usage. Several sustainable aspects can be implemented in order to lower this staggering number. The University of Rochester has taken the initiative to reduce its energy consumption in dorms by qualifying both Anderson and Wilder Towers as Energy Star certified buildings.
Energy Star is a governmentally supported program that helps individuals and businesses to protect the environment through energy efficiency. In addition to rating the energy efficiency of products, appliances, and homes, Energy Star helps …