Martha Van Renneslaer Renovations

LEED Gold rating

Martha Van Renneslaer Hall is currently undergoing a three-phase renovation process utilizing the LEED CI (Commercial Interiors). Both the first and second phases have been completed and have both earned LEED Gold certifications.
Read the Phase 1  (pdf) and Phase 2 (pdf) final USGBC reports.

USGBC LEED Gold mark

How is “Green” measured?

A point system (maximum of 59) is used.

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.

What are the Possible Ratings under the LEED v.2.0 Commercial Interiors system?

  • Certified: 21 - 26 points
  • Silver: 27 - 31 points
  • Gold: 32 - 41 points
  • Platinum: 42 - 59 points

How did the Martha Van Rensselaer Hall '33 Phases compare?


CategoryPossible Pts

Earned Pts Phase I

Earned Pts
Phase II

Sustainable Sites 7 6 7
Water Efficiency 2 2 2
Energy / Atmosphere 14 9 7
Materials / Resources 14 6 6
Indoor Environmental Quality 17 10 11
Innovation & Design 4 4 4
Accredited Professional 1 1 1
Both phases of the Martha Van Rensselaer Hall '33 Project earned 38 of 59 possible points        59 38 38



Project Highlights

  • MVR '33 Phase I renovation was the first campus project to earn LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) rating.
  • All new furniture purchased for the MVR'33 project is Greenguard indoor air certified, which reduces the indoor air contaminants released by new furnishings.
  • One energy saving method being used in the project is efficiently controlling lighting levels to lower energy usage by lights. Inefficient lighting usage creates heat which increases energy required to cool buildings during summer months. Thus, reducing energy usage for lighting power also saves on cooling energy.

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