Kimball Hall Floors 2 through 5

Achieved LEED Gold Certification, achieving 66 out of 110 possible points...

After completing interior renovations last summer, students and researchers moved back to engineering assistant professor Ankur Singh’s laboratory space in Kimball Hall. Four floors of the building, dedicated in 1953, are now certified LEED Gold.
After completing interior renovations last summer, students and researchers moved back to engineering assistant professor Ankur Singh’s laboratory space in Kimball Hall. Four floors of the building, dedicated in 1953, are now certified LEED Gold.

Kimball Hall has undergone renovations utilizing the LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) systems. Kimball Hall is the first project on campus to include a solar wall installation as part of the project. A solar wall is composed of dark colored metal panels installed on the exterior of the building. These panels contain ducting through which the ventilation air is drawn. During cold weather conditions, the ventilation air is pre-heated by the solar heat captured by the dark metal. This saves energy by reducing the energy required to heat the air prior to distributing it throughout the building. Read the final USGBC review report (pdf).

How is "Green” measured?

Under the LEED Green Building Design and Construction standard, a credit system with a maximum of 110 points is used to measure environmental performance.

The USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) awards points in 5 main categories:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy/Atmosphere
  • Materials / Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

A project can earn additional points for innovative approaches and by having a LEED accredited professional part of the project Team. In addition, The LEED system recognizes that environmental conditions and concerns vary according to location and resource availability. Additional credits can be earned by focusing on achieving those credits that are most important in the project location.

What are the Possible Ratings under the LEED v.2009 Commercial Interiors system?

  • Certified: 40 - 49 points
  • Silver: 50 - 59 points
  • Gold: 60 - 79 points
  • Platinum: 80 + points

How Does the Kimball Hall Stack Up?

CategoryPossible Pts  Earned Pts
  
110 66
 
Sustainable Sites 21 19
Water Efficiency 11 0
Energy / Atmosphere 37 24
Materials / Resources 14 4
Indoor Environmental Quality 17 13
Innovation & Design 6 4
Regional Priority 4 2

Project Highlights

  • Designers strove to incorporate natural daylight and outside views into as many spaces as possible. Building simulations have revealed that over 90% of our occupant workspaces will have access to exterior views. Studies have shown increased health and productivity for workers and students with views to the outside world.
  • The Kimball Hall project committed to selecting and installing both locally sourced and recycled content construction goods and furnishings. Throughout the construction process, the team reviewed and selected materials in order to achieve a minimum recycled and regional materials content of 20%.

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