Green Building Practices
Kenyon has made a significant commitment to environmentally friendly, energy-efficient construction. Thomas Lepley, director of facilities planning, estimated that the College will save 8 to 12 percent in energy costs by using green building practices. The impact goes beyond a reduction in utility costs. "The quality design and construction of these buildings lessens their impact on the environment," Lepley said, "which means the whole world benefits."
The College is seeking silver certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for both buildings. The certification levels are certified, silver, gold, and platinum. LEED is the nationally recognized standard for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. Kenyon will receive credits toward certification by satisfying criteria that govern five areas: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. The construction materials and technologies and the practices Kenyon will use include:
- Water-efficient landscaping. Only native Ohio species will be used, without irrigation.
- Water-use reduction of 47 percent, with low-flow faucets and dual-flush toilets.
- Repeated testing of building systems to optimize efficiencies and occupant health and comfort.
- No harmful refrigerants.
- 50 percent of construction waste diverted from disposal.
- 10 percent recycled content.
- Geothermal heating and cooling in the exhibition/art history building.
- High performance building envelope and window systems, reducing the need for larger mechanical systems.
- Heat recovery wheel will exhaust and filter air and recover heat.
- Use of low-emitting materials (adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, and carpet systems).
- Occupancy sensors for lighting.
- Reduction of the impacts of cleaning products through green housekeeping program.
- Roofing material will reflect the sun.
- Nocturnal ecology protected through interior lighting that will not shine outside and exterior lighting designed to shine downward.
- Bicycle racks, walking paths, and parking spaces reserved for fuel efficient vehicles and car pools to help reduce vehicular activity.