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LEED Certified Residence Halls

LEED Certified Residence Halls


In fall 2010, BSC opened the first LEED certified residence halls in Alabama. The Lakeview North and South residence halls total 65,290 square feet and house 167 students. The project earned LEED certification for use of regional, recycled, low-VOC, and formaldehyde-free materials in and outside the buildings. The buildings are oriented along an east-west axis to minimize solar heat gain and maximize cooling efficiency. The variable refrigerant volume (VRV) HVAC system has variable speed outdoor fan units coupled with floor-by-floor intelligent refrigerant-borrowing to create a highly efficient system. More than 90% of occupied spaces have over a 2% glazing factor and 99% have access to views. The site includes a 15,000 gallon cistern that captures rainwater off of half the roof area and uses it for landscape irrigation, saving 50,000 gallons of water per year. Water and energy conservation measures include dual-flush toilets, low-flow faucets and showers, compact fluorescent lights, and occupancy sensors in public areas.


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