Dining Center Sustainability Features

Monday, January 11, 2010
SNHU Communications Office



LEED Sustainability Features



Sustainable Sites:

  • Native plantings, free of invasive species, are incorporated to promote local wildlife.
  • Exterior lighting has cut-off reflectors to direct lighting downward to enhance efficiency for safety and comfort.
  • Onsite parking reduces below zoning requirements to promote campus walking and reduce heat island effect from which asphalt pavement would produce.
  • White TPO “cool roof” to reduce exterior heat absorption loads.
  • Slab-on-grade insulation for building support spaces below grade.

Water Efficiency:

  • Storm water drainage management creates an 80% reduction of pollutants and runoff.
  • Low-flow, occupant sensor controlled lavatory faucets to reduce the consumption of potable water.
  • Low-flow, 1.6 gallons per flush toilets.
  • Low-flow, occupant controlled 1.0 gallons per flush urinals.

Energy and Atmosphere:

  • Sun-shades help reduce solar heat gain on the southern facing walls.
  • Curtain wall system uses passive solar techniques to reduce interior electrical heat.
  • Air-lock vestibules at all main entrances and egress stairs help reduce infiltration of heating or cooling losses.

Materials and Resources:

  • Structural steel and reinforcing bars are made from 25% recycled materials.
  • Steel is fabricated manufactured regionally in Bennington, Vermont from Bennington Iron Works, Inc. to reduce environmental impacts resulting from transportation.
  • Steel primer is VOC compliant and free of lead and chromates.
  • Low-Emitting Glazing to reduce solar radiation, allowing solar heat gain to maximized in the winter and be reduced in the summer.
  • Recycling of occupant’s consumable materials is collected and stored in the building for later collection to help reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

Indoor Environmental Quality:

  • All fixtures are fluorescent lights to help minimize heating and cooling needs, as well as life spans of the bulbs.
  • Occupancy sensors are used in regularly occupied rooms by shutting off lighting if not on for more than 30 minutes.
  • Daylight sensors are used in areas of close proximity to natural sunlight to reduce the number of lamps needed to be on during daylight hours.
  • Adjustable thermostats are located in occupied spaces for individual occupants to regularly control the temperature to the right comfort level.
  • Large vestibule door mats are placed conveniently to help reduce air-born particle pollution.

Innovation and Design Process:

·         CUBE 3 Studio’s project team of LEED accredited professional architects and interior designers.

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