This building is 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 building uses 24 percent less heating and cooling energy than a comparable classroom building constructed using Best Practices.
A 15-ton geothermal heat pump is utilized for the Perdue Museum portion of the building. In addition to conditioning the museum, it serves as a learning tool for SU environmental students.
The building was constructed in a pre-developed area, limiting sprawl.
The building was constructed close to two bus lines - SU and Shore Transit - encouraging the use of public transportation.
The building includes 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 Hall is constructed has been returned to grass and softscape materials.
At least 75 percent of all waste material created during the project was recycled.
The building contains at least 20 percent recycled materials.
At least 20 percent of all materials used to construct the building were purchased locally, requiring less fuel and fewer emissions for shipping.
A daylight harvesting control system shuts 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 are used in a significant portion of the building, reducing energy.
Energy-efficient glass and glazing are used throughout the building.
The building contains an active environmental education program, incorporating signage and outreach with a focus on sustainable living.
SU reserved some parking spaces close to the building for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles (hybrids).
SU installed four electric vehicle-charging stations in preparation for future electric vehicle use on campus.
Housekeeping is performed in accordance with Green Housekeeping Practices.