Klarman Hall

Earned LEED Platinum rating...

Arts and Sciences (CAS) students walk through the Klarman Hall atrium. (Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group)
Arts and Sciences (CAS) students walk through the Klarman Hall atrium. (Robert Barker / Cornell Marketing Group)

Klarman Hall introduced many new green-building features to our campus, including natural-daylight shafts for the building’s interior, rainwater reclamation systems that will save valuable water resources, and an innovative rooftop photovoltaic power-purchase-agreement model. This new arrangement not only provides power to Klarman Hall, but also to the nearby Human Ecology Building – also LEED Platinum certified.

Klarman Hall (Matthew Kozlowski)
Klarman Hall (Matthew Kozlowski)

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)

What are the Possible Ratings?

A project can earn additional points for innovative approaches and by having a LEED accredited professional part of the project Team.

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

How Does Klarman Hall Add Up?

CategoryPossible Pts  Earned Pts
Klarman Hall achieved LEED Platinum    
110 87
 
Sustainable Sites 26 21
Water Efficiency 10 10
Energy / Atmosphere 35 30
Materials / Resources 14 5
Indoor Environmental Quality 15 11
Innovation & Design 6 6
Regional Priority 4 4
Klarman Hall makes extensive use of natural light. (Jason Koski/Cornell Marketing Group)
Klarman Hall makes extensive use of natural light. (Jason Koski/Cornell Marketing Group)
Project Highlights
  • 90kW of electrical energy is generated by solar panels installed as a result of the Klarman Hall project
  • 55% Modeled energy use reduction vs. a baseline building
  • 118k Gallons of rainwater captured and reused per year
  • 70% Modeled water use reduction vs. a baseline building
  • 97% Wood used in construction is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council
  • 8100 Square feet of green roof installed
  • High performance glazing and optimized shading over the atrium to reduce solar heat gain
  • Light wells to allow daylight to penetrate the office block interior
  • A radiant floor system in the atrium to provide heat
  • Chilled beams to provide energy efficient heating and cooling to the offices

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