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Kroon Hall has been awarded LEED platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system for new construction, Kroon Hall was awarded 59 points, seven more than required for the top rating of platinum.
“The faculty and students of our environment school are working in a setting that superbly embodies their aspirations,” said President Richard Levin.
The 58,200-square-foot Kroon Hall, which opened in January 2009, was designed to use 81 percent less water and 58 percent less energy than a building of comparable size and to generate 25 percent of its electricity onsite from renewable sources. Designed by Hopkins Architects, in collaboration with Centerbrook Architects and Planners and Atelier Ten, Kroon Hall incorporates a wide range of sustainable strategies and design features reflected in its LEED rating.
Kroon Hall earned 12 out of 14 possible points in LEED’s Sustainable Sites category through environmental sensitivity to the building landscape design and the promotion of public transportation. It earned all 5 points for Water Efficiency by incorporating many innovative water-saving and water-reusing features. Stormwater is collected from the roof and courtyards, filtered through native aquatic plants and used for all nonpotable needs such as toilets and irrigation. Water demand is further reduced by low-flow plumbing and irrigation fixtures.
The building earned all 17…
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