The Scott College of Business at Indiana State University was recently awarded LEED Silver Certification. This was no easy feat considering that the building’s mechanical system only contributed 1 point towards the goal. The project was completed last fall and involved the adaptive reuse of a 1930s Federal courthouse into a state-of-the-art university classroom building. To learn more about the project, visit the Indiana State University link below:
Breakdown of the points obtained for the project was as follows:
Sustainable Sites Design – 19 – The location of the project works great for alternative transportation, and development density and connectivity. A total of 19 of the projects 51 points were achieved in Sustainable Sites.
Water Efficiency – 6 – Water efficient landscaping was provided with no irrigation used. Water use in the building was 30% better than the baseline, utilizing dual flush fixtures, and aerated, metered faucets.
Energy & Atmosphere – 4 – The project meets the project baseline for optimizing energy performance (ASHRAE 90.1 – 2007), but does not exceed it. Points were obtained for enhanced commissioning and enhanced refrigerant management.
Materials and Resources – 7 – Reuse of the existing building contributed points. The project diverted more than 75% of its waste from disposal. The use of materials with recycled content and located within 500 miles of the project site (regional materials) also contributed points.
Indoor Environmental Quality – 9 – The project utilized low-emitting materials throughout. The project also utilized systems with a high level of controllability for user comfort.
Innovation & Design Process – 2 – A point was obtained for having a LEED AP on the project. A point was also awarded for utilizing the building as a teaching tool for sustainable building practices.
Regional Priority – 4 – The project was awarded the maximum amount of regional credits for development density, bicycle use, heat island roof, and building reuse.