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 of Massachusetts Boston General Academic Building No.1 GAB UMass University Hall

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

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