University of West Alabama First in State to Build Sustainable On Campus Student Apartments

In an effort 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.

This fall, the U.S. Green Building Council recently 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 student residence is the first multi-resident apartment complex on a university campus in Alabama to receive this designation.

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. “Sustainable design is a concept and initiative that places emphasis on balance, so the threefold promise of sustainable design has to do with energy efficiency, improving indoor environments and the use of durable materials,” Herrington explained.

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.

The University’s newest student residence, Robert B. Gilbert Hall, which opened this fall, was constructed with the same design specifications.

For more information on the University of West Alabama and its programs, visit www.uwa.edu.  You can also learn about UWA’s new sustainability efforts over the past year at the link below:

University of West Alabama Sustainability Green Partnership

Source: University of West Alabama

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