This building will be designed and constructed in accordance with LEED Gold (target) certification requirements.
Through the use of carbon dioxide sensors to better control the flow of outside air mixing with pre-heated and pre-cooled air inside the building, as well as the commissioning of the HVAC system to ensure it is working at peak efficiency, the Perdue Building will use 24 percent less heating and cooling energy than a comparable classroom building constructed using Best Practices.
A 15-ton geothermal heat pump will be utilized for the Perdue Museum portion of the building. In addition to conditioning the museum, it will serve as a learning tool for SU environmental students.
The building is being constructed in a pre-developed area, limiting sprawl.
The building is being constructed close to two bus lines—SU and Shore Transit -encouraging the use of public transportation.
The building will include bicycle rack space for at least 70 bikes, encouraging students, faculty and staff to cycle instead of drive.
Approximately 10 to 15 percent of the paved area where the Perdue Building is slated will be returned to grass and softscape materials.
At least 75 percent of all waste material created during the project will be recycled.
The building will contain at least 20 percent recycled materials.
At least 20 percent of all materials used to construct the building will be purchased locally, requiring less fuel and fewer emissions for shipping.
A daylight harvesting control system will shut off lights in areas of the building when a sensor detects enough natural sunlight to adequately illuminate the interior. In addition, motion sensors to control lighting will be used in a significant portion of the building, reducing energy.
Energy-efficient glass and glazing will be used throughout the building.
The building will contain an active environmental education program incorporating signage and outreach with a focus on sustainable living.
SU has hired a consultant to perform a solar energy study and is investigating the cost and payback period to possibly install a 20-kilowatt photovoltaic solar panel array on the building’s roof. Cost would be a minimum $300,000. The energy produced could light about 100 lights—roughly the first-floor corridor. If installed, this also would be used as a teaching tool.
SU will reserve some parking spaces close to the building for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles (hybrids). Electric car plug-in stations will be provided.
Housekeeping will be performed in accordance with Green Housekeeping Practices.