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Husson University’s Living and Learning Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

Husson University’s Living and Learning Center Receives LEED Gold Certification

Date of Release: October 23, 2012

Husson University is pleased to announce that its newest facility, the Living and Learning Center, has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, provided Sustainability consulting services for the project.

The 61,000-square-foot, five-story multi-use facility, which was officially opened in August 2012, includes experiential learning classrooms on the first floor and suite-style dorm room accommodations for 244 students on the remaining four floors.

The facility incorporates innovative energy efficiency systems including a drainwater heat recovery system, solar hot water system, high pressure low flow faucets, and daylight dimming controls in the classrooms. The facility is designed to use 46 percent less water and 37 percent less energy than a standard code compliant building. The design allowed for a 70 percent reduction in the building’s heating hot water demand, which is the largest area of energy use.

The facility is also equipped with a Green Education dashboard that will provided water and electricity usage data in order to create awareness and modify occupant behavior. The dashboard, which serves as a centerpiece of the first floor, also includes slides that highlight the sustainable features of the building.

“We were very pleased to learn that we achieved LEED Gold Certification,” states Husson President Robert Clark. “The University committed to achieving this level of LEED certification because we recognized the positive impact it will have for the University and for the greater community we serve.”

Thornton Tomasetti Associate Michael Pulaski, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C stated, “Based on our Energy Model, the total annual energy savings of the building will be equal to the consumption of 55 single-family homes.”

Winton Scott Architects of Portland, Maine and Allied Cook of Scarborough, Maine served as the architectural firm and contractor, respectively.

For more information on this release, please contact Husson University Executive Director of University Communications Amanda Kitchen at 207-992-4925 or kitchena@husson.edu.

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