Prerequisite: "A cluster of LEED construction" outdoor interpretive sign (3 of 4)
A growing number of new buildings and major renovations are meeting LEED Silver standards on campus. Wall panels in the Armstrong Student Center (ASC) describe LEED at Miami University, and at the ASC. The content below was extracted from those panels.
In April 2011 President Hodge announced MIami University's Sustainability Commitments and Goals. To promote a more sustainable campus, the University voluntarily adopted a green-building certification standard called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), administered by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Multiple green design, construction, and operational features can be found around, within (and sometimes behind) the walls of LEED buildings. These attributes -- listed below by LEED category -- embody Miami's commitment to student life and sustainability. We hope they inspire students, faculty, staff and visitors to share in Miami's efforts to make our future more sustainable. Challenge yourself (and those around you) to "Love Red, Live Green!"
A LEED-certified building site is sensitive to existing ecosystems and attempts to minimize the negative effects of construction on the surrounding environment. The ASC features: a central, walkable site located close to multiple services and destinations; access to nearby public transit, offering students and visitors a convenient alternative to car travel; and open space preservation through redevelopment of existing buildings and parking lots; and addition of green space.
A LEED-certified building makes responsible use of one of our most precious resources, fresh water. This category rewards projects for utilizing water efficient fixtures, as well as minimizing the amount of potable water needed for irrigation and waste conveyance. The ASC features: native and adapted landscaping requiring less water and maintenance; efficient fixtures in toilet rooms, changing rooms, and food preparation areas.
A LEED-certified building reduces energy consumption and related emissions through smart and efficient mechanical and electrical systems. The ASC features: highly efficient mechanical and electrical systems that maintain a quality building environment with less energy; performance verification, known as commissioning, to make sure all systems are as efficient as promised; and recycling of heat vented from coolers and other equipment to help preheat domestic hot water.
A LEED-certified building conserves materials and resources to reduce waste. To promote sustainability green buildings re-use existing materials and buildings, use locally sourced materials where feasible, and promote recycling. The ASC features reuse of Gaskill and Rowan Halls within the new center, preserving their existing resources and embodied energy; recycling of materials during construction, and of paper, metal, plastic, glass and cardboard every day thereafter; composting of kitchen food scrap; and use of locally sourced materials from within 500 miles of Oxford.
A LEED-certified building is healthy and pleasant to occupy. Green buildings protect indoor air quality by limiting polluting materials, maximizing natural daylight and views, and maintaining comfortable temperatures. The ASC features: a smoke-free environment for all to enjoy in and around the buildings; indoor air quality management during and after construction; low-emitting materials that protect human health by limiting volatile organic compounds (VOCs); and natural lighting and views.