Irish eyes smiling: Notre Dame earns LEED honor
Photo courtesy of University of Notre Dame
A University of Notre Dame facility has earned a top environmental award.
McCourtney Hall, a facility dedicated to research in the molecular sciences and engineering, received LEED gold certification, according to the school.
The 220,000-square-foot building, which opened in 2016, gives faculty and students space to advance knowledge in the areas of science and engineering such as antibiotic resistance, renewable energy and other fields, including drug discovery, analytical sciences and engineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering.
With the goal of earning LEED gold certification, the architects implemented sustainable building practices from concept to completion, sourcing 33 percent of the building materials from the local region and using more than 32 percent of materials with recycled content. The university repurposed 5,954 tons of asphalt millings, and diverted 108 tons of paper and cardboard from landfills.
Throughout the interior and exterior of McCourtney Hall, LED lighting is used and occupancy sensors have been installed to reduce lighting power density, conserve airflow and reduce reheat energy. With high-efficiency fixtures and sensor-metered lavatory faucets, the facility uses 37 percent less water than a standard new facility.
Including McCourtney Hall, the university has earned nine LEED gold certifications and three silver certifications.
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