The University has recently been informed that Monroe Hall received LEED Gold status. This is the first building on our campus to receive LEED certification. The PASSHE system encourages new campus buildings to receive LEED Silver certification and Monroe Hall received LEED Gold, the next higher certification. The two newest residence halls, Hemlock and Hawthorne, are both in the process of review for LEED certification.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) oversees the certification process. There are four levels of certification, namely, certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED certification that the project will receive.
The following are some factors that helped Monroe Hall to receive its level of certification.
- The Geothermal System: The renovations to Monroe Hall were designed with a Geothermal System which uses the ground's ability to maintain constant temperature, to heat and cool the building. The systems designed for this building is a closed-loop pipe system used to off-set the need for fossil fuels such as gas or oil, which has therefore helped to reduce the University's carbon footprint.
- Nearly 75 % of ALL Construction Waste was diverted from landfill disposal.
- Building materials that do not emit harmful chemicals were selected for this building.
- More than 20% of the project’s material costs consist of products containing recycled content or materials that originated within a 500-mile radius of the project site.
- Renovations to the envelope and energy systems have yielded an estimated savings of 25% when compared to the previous condition of the building.
- HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) equipment was designed & selected to be a highly efficient system, requiring less energy to operate than standard HVAC systems.
- Lighting savings greater than 20% were realized by installing energy-efficient, fluorescent fixtures. Lamps rated at 3500 Kevin that provide a natural light effect.
- Low-flow, water-efficient faucets & toilet fixtures yield water savings of 40% per year.
- Greater than 90% of all storm water that accumulates on-site will be naturally treated to reduce solid impurities by 80%. Storm water runoff quantities were reduced by nearly 45% when compared to pre-development rates.
- Permanent irrigation systems are not required due to the incorporation of native vegetation.
- Exterior Bike racks are provided to further enhance our goal to be a Sustainable Campus.
- Recycling containers have been conveniently located to reduce the amount of waste in local landfills.