Notre Dame facilities earn LEED gold status
In recognition for achieving a high level of sustainability, the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification to the University of Notre Dame for the construction of undergraduate residences Flaherty Hall and Dunne Hall.
Compared to other newly constructed buildings on the campus, Flaherty Hall and Dunne Hall each consume 28 percent less energy for heating and cooling, which contributes to a healthier, more sustainable environment, the school reports.
The buildings also use many other methods to save energy and other resources. With high-efficiency faucets, showerheads and toilets, both residence halls use much less water. On average, Flaherty Hall uses about 45 percent less water than a similar new building, and Dunne Hall uses about 51 percent less water. Throughout the construction of the facilities, both projects sourced more than 33 percent of the building materials from the local region and used materials with more than 20 percent of recycled content.
All materials, such as paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, flooring systems and agrifiber products were certified as low-emitting.
Since 2011, the University of Notre Dame has been committed to following LEED standards for all new construction. Including Flaherty and Dunne halls, the University has earned eight LEED gold certifications, three LEED silver certifications and multiple LEED certifications.
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