• UWA residence certified LEED Silver

    Posted: September 14, 2012

    Author: Betsy Compton

    In efforts to accommodate its growing student body, the University of West Alabama is midway in a series of construction projects to provide new and renovated housing for its students. Throughout construction, the University has adhered to its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. The University will receive special recognition during a Sept. 21 ceremony for its efforts to promote sustainable design.

    The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that three recent building projects on the UWA campus have received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The three structures, apartment buildings added to the existing Hoover Apartment Complex, have received LEED Silver certification.

    The Council’s rating system counts any multi-family development to and including three stories as a home. Hoover Apartments have two stories and are certified through the LEED for Homes rating system. The system includes four levels of rating: certification, silver, gold and platinum.

    According to the USGBC, a LEED-certified home is designed and constructed in accordance with the rigorous guidelines of the LEED for Homes green building certification program. EED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes.

    Bruce Herrington of Herrington Architects said that sustainable design was a top priority in the establishment of the additions to the Hoover Complex. Throughout the project, Herrington’s firm focused on creating a healthy interior environment that would allow an abundance of daylight and fresh air for residents. In addition, the buildings were constructed using durable materials including brick and fiber cement on the exterior.

    Hoar Program Management and Amason Construction Management will also be recognized at the ceremony to be held Friday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. at UWA’s Webb Hall Parlor.
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