Meredith Apartments Earn LEED Silver Certification

Meredith College’s new student apartments have earned LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The student apartments, which are known as The Oaks, opened in August 2009. In keeping with Meredith’s commitment to sustainability, the apartments were built in an environmentally friendly manner. The LEED certified building practices used to construct the apartments translate to quality of life features such as superior air ventilation and water purification systems, and non-toxic paints and carpets.

“Meredith’s strategic plan called for additional residential space on campus,” said Director of Residence Life Heidi LeCount. “If we were going to add more housing, we wanted to do it in the right way.”

The Oaks project achieved LEED Silver certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. LEED certification of Silver was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
•dual flush toilets,
•“dark sky” friendly exterior light fixtures,
•water efficient landscaping, including drip irrigation,
•use of low-emitting materials including adhesives, paints and carpets,
•construction materials made from recycled products, and from materials extracted and manufactured regionally, and
•diverting 89% of construction waste from the landfill.

About The Oaks
The Design/Build team for the apartment project was Choate Construction Company, HADP (architects) and BJAC (architects and interior). Construction began in Spring 2008. The Oaks is the first new residential construction at Meredith since the 1970s. Residence in The Oaks is open to juniors and seniors. The Oaks contains 48 four bedroom/two bath units and 30 two bedroom/two bath units. Each unit is completely furnished, with living, dining and bedroom furniture, and appliances including washers and dryers. Visit http://www.meredith.edu/apartments for more information.

About LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. The organization has become the preeminent green building, standards, education and research organization in the nation. Visit http://www.usgbc.org for more information.

Date Submitted: 2010-03-12

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