From the Top Down

By Stephanie Thum
Ask a group of hospital facility directors about the benefits of installing a green roof and you’ll likely hear several answers: heating and cooling cost savings, long-term building material cost savings, environmental responsibility, space maximization and aesthetic improvement.

Platinum Update: Community College Achives 70 Percent Energy Reduction

Utility records at the LEED Platinum certified Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology reveal that the campus achieved a nearly 70 percent reduction in gas and electricity consumption during its first year of operation.

Fans Help Airport Hangar Earn Platinum Certification

Air is being pushed around a 60,000-square-foot LEED Platinum hangar at Bob Hope Airport by some Big Ass Fans.

N.Y. Jails Test Sustainable Roofing Solutions

Officials at Onondaga County Correctional Facility are using a routine re-roofing project to test green roofing technology in an effort to reduce county energy use and operating costs.

Electronically Controlled Window Tinting Helps Schools Earn LEED Certification

Twin Lakes Elementary School in the Elk River Area School District installed SageGlass’ Electrochromics, a glass tint that is electronically controlled, to help it earn LEED Silver certification.

Boarding School Addition Expected to Achieve Significant Savings

The new 21,000-square-foot addition to the Cambridge School of Weston campus is designed to significantly reduce its impact on the environment through several water- and energy-saving features and sustainable elements.

Siemens Signs Contract With Monterey College to Lower Energy Use, Emissions

Siemens Building Technologies Inc. is working to implement several changes at Monterey Peninsula College that are expected to save the school more than $2.4 million in annual energy costs.

Language Center Features First Geothermal Heat System for University

The new Sandi Point Errant Language and Culture Center at the University of Chicago at Chicago was completed this fall and marks the first in a series of environmentally friendly improvement projects planned for the campus.

Q&A: Tom Perry, Shawmut Design

Schools and other buildings across the United States are turning to geothermal technology to heat and cool buildings and to lower operating and maintenance costs, improve energy efficiency and provide classroom comfort.

Geothermal: New York School Uses Closed-Loop System for Housing Complex

In a climate of rising energy costs and growing interest in environmentally sustainable campus design, officials at the State University of New York at Brockport turned to sustainable technology and geothermal ground-source pumps to support the heating and cooling needs at the college's recently completed 208-bed student housing complex.