Fernow Hall

LEED Gold rating, achieving 66 out of 110 possible points...

Fernow Hall received LEED® Certification. Green features include a rain garden to mitigate storm water runoff, a planted roof garden terrace used by the Natural Resources Department, as well as photovoltaic solar renewable energy systems. Read the final USGBC review report (pdf).

LEED Gold mark

How is "Green” measured?

Looking up at Fernow atrium covered with photovoltiacs (Matt Kozlowski )
Looking up at Fernow atrium covered with photovoltiacs (Matt Kozlowski )

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.

What are the Possible Ratings?

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

How Does Fernow Hall Stack Up?

CategoryPossible Pts  Earned Pts
Fernow Hall earned 66 points out of 110 possible points    
110 66
Sustainable Sites 26 19
Water Efficiency 10 7
Energy / Atmosphere 35 16
Materials / Resources 14 7
Indoor Environmental Quality 15 8
Innovation & Design 6 5
Regional Priority 4 4

Project Highlights

  • As a way to mitigate storm water runoff, a rain garden was created directly north of the new 50-person classroom. The garden contains a variety of self sustaining vegetation.
  • A planted roof garden terrace was created on the roof of the new classroom addition which contains a mix of sedum plantings and the possibility for experimental plantings by the Department of Natural Resources.
  • The project  incorporates photovoltaic solar renewable energy systems, including solar photovoltaic glass skylights.

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