Sep. 30, 2010
Emory's Evans & Few Halls Add More 'Gold' to LEED Building Inventory
Emory University's Evans and Few residence halls have received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for sustainable design and construction. The 110,000-square-foot, twin building complex is the first residential development on Emory's main campus to receive LEED gold certification, and brings the total of LEED gold buildings at Emory to seven.
Emory's collection of LEED-certified buildings continues to grow. Evans and Few Halls are Emory's sixth and seventh buildings to receive LEED gold certification from USGBC, and the 15th and 16th LEED-certified buildings in the University's green building portfolio. Gold is the second highest certification, following platinum certification.
Completed in 2008, Evans and Few Halls have incorporated many sustainable building design technologies into the development. Solar power is used to pump rainwater from a cistern into dual-flush toilets. Additionally, motion sensors are in individual student rooms and public areas, and energy efficient heating and cooling systems are included throughout the complex. The flooring materials in the residence halls are made from recycled carpet, bamboo or recycled automobile glass; there is a bicycle storage room for over 40 bikes and demonstration kitchen for sustainable food events. Evans and Few Halls are also sustainability-themed with programming activities aimed at encouraging students to adopt sustainable habits and practices.
Evans and Few Halls were built as part of the University's housing master plan to accommodate freshman, who are not permitted to have vehicles while living on campus. The entire complex is pedestrian friendly, with convenient access to Emory's alternatively fueled shuttle, Cliff, and public transportation hub.
Emory's first LEED gold certified residence hall, East Village, was completed in 2008 and can be found at Oxford College. Oxford College is Emory's distinctive freshman/sophomore college situated on the University's original, historic campus 38 miles east of Atlanta.
Emory holds the distinction of having one of the largest inventories by square footage of LEED certified building space among campuses in the United States. The university's Board of Trustees endorsed LEED in 2002 for use as a guiding principle in the development of all of Emory's construction and renovation projects. Emory's commitment to a comprehensive green building program and its emergence as a national leader in this growing trend reflects the University's intention to develop an environmentally sustainable campus.