UMass Boston University Hall – LEED Gold
The University of Massachusetts – Boston University Hall project has achieved LEED GOLD certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)!
University Hall brings together three significant departments under one roof: Art, Performing Arts, and Chemistry Teaching. This rare combination of arts and sciences, along with the state-of-the-art general purpose classrooms, will help define UMass Boston as a forward-thinking institution ideally suited for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) teaching. Rather than segregating students by major, the multidisciplinary building exposes students to a vibrant, multidimensional academic community. The design weaves certain departmental programs with general purpose classrooms to maximize visibility and interaction between disciplines.
University Hall is designed to operate at 25% lower energy use than a baseline building and achieve 105 kBtu/sf/yr. Energy conservation measures (ECMs) include:
• high performance exterior envelope and glazing system
• cantilevered roof shades the southeast-facing glazed wall at the atrium to balance aesthetics and user comfort
• LED theatrical lights to reduce electrical load by 84 KW and the associated cooling load by 24 tons/year
• reduced lighting power density (20% better than code)
• heat recovery for lab space (run-around loop)
• “Cascade Economizer” control for lab ventilation
• reduced ventilation during unoccupied hours
More about University Hall: http://wilsonarch.com/work/university-hall/
Certification Date: 6/8/2017