Marymount University has incorporated sustainable design into the 26th street Construction project. This project participates in the US. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program to further demonstrate the University’s commitment to sustainability.
The LEED rating system has been used during the design and will be used during the construction and operation phases as a framework to guide the project team toward achieving the project’s sustainability goal, i.e. the LEED NCv2.2 Certification at Certified Level.
- Bicycle racks, preferred parking spaces for carpool and van pool, and Zip Cars will be provided on-site to help reduce pollution and land development impacts from conventional automobile use by commuting students and employees.
- 21% less water will be consumed by the building’s innovative plumbing fixtures, as compared to standard fixtures.
- Building envelope; lighting; power; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are designed to comply with ASHRAE 90.1-2004. The current energy model shows that approximately 50% less energy will be required to heat and cool this building, compared with other similar facilities. Overall, 30.3% less energy will used in the operation of this multi-use facility as compared to other buildings of this type due to elements such as high efficiency lighting, high efficiency boilers and chillers, an energy recovery unit, a water side economizer on the chiller water system, and demand control ventilation and occupancy sensors. Annual energy savings are estimated at $117,500.
- The base building HVAC systems will not use CFC-based refrigerants that contribute to ozone depletion.
- The project will provide collection and storage areas for recyclable materials to facilitate the reduction of waste generated by building occupants.
- At least 10% of the products used for construction will contain recycled materials to conserve natural resources.
- At least 10% of the materials used for construction will be extracted, processed, and manufactured locally or regionally to reduce fuel consumption and emissions from the transportation of materials and to support the local and regional economy.
- Low emitting materials were specified to reduce pollutant emissions and enhance indoor environmental quality.