Did you know that buildings consume nearly half the energy consumed in the United States—almost as much as industry and all forms of transportation combined? Smart design and technology choices can drastically reduce a building’s energy demand, however, and we have an example of such a building right here on campus.
The Parkhill Applied Technology Center (building T) is the first building on the Parkland campus to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, the leading green building rating system in the marketplace. Join us on October 29 at 11 a.m. to see a dedication of the T Building’s LEED plaque, followed by a building tour.
Jeff Johnson from BLDD Architects will lead a tour of the T Building to point out the features that make this a high-performance building. These include:
- Extensive daylighting (access to natural light), which both lowers energy costs associated with artificial lighting and has been shown to increase worker productivity and raise student test scores
- High-efficiency lighting to supplement the building’s daylighting scheme
- A highly efficient geothermal heating system, which uses the naturally tempering thermal characteristics of the earth beneath the building to both heat and cool the building
T Building’s features represent the sort of energy efficiency improvements Parkland will implement over time to reach its goal of carbon neutrality by the year 2060 as outlined in the President’s Carbon Commitment. The commitment was signed by President Ramage in 2009.
October is Campus Sustainability Month at Parkland and activities were organized by the Sustainable Campus Committee. This tour is the main event for our final week of activities and focuses on the power of design to support sustainability goals. Look for Parkland’s Sustainability coordinator Thor Peterson from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28 outside the café in the union to learn more about how you can support sustainability activities at Parkland.
Parkhill Applied Technology Center LEED Dedication Ceremony and Green Building Tour
Date: October 29, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Building T, main entrance