Green building strategies have the potential to improve buildings by increasing energy efficiency, decreasing operating costs, improving indoor air and environmental quality, and reducing water use. The U.S. Green Building Council developed a building rating system known as LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, as a tool to rate green buildings and to help green building strategies become industry standards. The four levels of LEED certification are Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
Kent State University has made a commitment that all new construction and major renovation will attempt a minimum of LEED Silver Certification. To date, the following projects have achieved LEED Certification:
|Kent||The John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design||Platinum Certified|
|Kent||Center for Undergraduate Excellence||Gold Certified|
|Kent||College of Aeronautics and Engineering||Gold Certified|
|Kent||Harbourt Hall||Gold Certified|
|Kent||Heer Hall||Gold Certified|
|Stark||Science and Nursing Building||Gold Certified|
|Kent||Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement||Silver Certified|
|Kent||Center for the Visual Arts||Silver Certified|
|Kent||Integrated Sciences Building||Silver Certified|
|Kent||Koonce Hall||Silver Certified|
|Twinsburg||Twinsburg Academic Center||Silver Certified|
|Tuscarawas||Tolloty Technology Incubator||Certified|
For projects that are too small in scope to qualify for LEED certification, the Office of the University Architect has adopted into their Design and Engineering Guidelines some green building strategies to be adopted for all projects, regardless of size.
Construction Waste Management
75% of all construction waste must be diverted away from the landfill by reuse or recycling. The diversion of this waste must be documented.
Water Bottle Filling Stations
These stations are the new standard on campus. They make it easier to drink healthy water while reducing waste from disposable water bottles.
There are many ways that building materials can be more sustainable. Project managers seek options outlined by LEED such as those that are locally produced, recycled, low-emitting or rapidly renewable.
Kent State University is using Green Seal certified cleaning products. Green Seal Certification ensures that a product meets rigorous, science-based leadership standards. These effective and affordable cleaners are better for human health and the environment.
SOLAR POWERED USB CHARGING PAVILION
Students enrolled in an architecture seminar, spring 2017, participated in a workshop investigating and building a small-scale sustainable project. Taught by Associate Professor Greg Stroh with lab assistance from Chip Clark, of the FabLab at the CAED, the build workshop’s initial research project constructed a solar powered USB charging station for use as a bus wait structure on campus. The students researched materials/fabrication, detailing, assembly and sustainability issues through a set of modules, ranging from the technical to the aesthetic, with the final assembly taking place at the end of the spring semester. Both traditional and advanced technologies were deployed within the making of the project - from CNC milling of the bench to the hand varnishing of the marine plywood. A solar panel on the roof powers six USB ports, integrated into the bench for powering up devices while patrons wait for the next bus.