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Notre Dame Achieves LEED Gold for Duncan Student Center, Corbett Family Hall and O’Neill Hall | News | Notre Dame News

Duncan Student Center, Corbett Family Hall and O’Neill Hall.

The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the University of Notre Dame LEED certification (direction in energy and environmental design) Gold certification for the design, construction and operation of the three buildings surrounding the Notre-Dame stadium Duncan Student Center, Corbett Family Hall and O’Neill Hall.

With a total of 10 stories in each building and 830,000 square feet, the facilities bring together academics – the anthropology, music and psychology departments – as well as athletics and student life with a custom classroom, performance, research, media, leisure, event and hospitality space.

The University earned 60 credits in nine categories, including use of sustainable materials and resources, water efficiency, energy, design innovation, and indoor environmental quality, among several other areas. Throughout the construction of the project, more than 20% of the construction materials were made up of post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content and more than 20% of the materials were manufactured or harvested locally.

Due to water-efficient plumbing fixtures in bathrooms, showers and kitchens, the amount of water used is 35% less than standard new construction. In total, the three buildings are 18% more energy efficient than the standards. High efficiency thermal insulation in walls and roofs, a high efficiency central fan system and high performance glazing reduce energy consumption. In addition, by using electricity from the University’s power plant, the facilities take advantage of the efficiency of the cogeneration plant and avoid utility grid transmission losses of up to 85%.

Boasting one of the largest green roofs in Indiana, Living Roofs cover nearly all of the flat roof surfaces of all three buildings and serve to mitigate stormwater runoff, improve air quality, reduce noise, provide additional insulation and reduce heating and cooling energy loads.

The interiors have also been carefully and sustainably designed. LED lighting reduces energy consumption by up to 50% compared to conventional lighting, and room lighting controls combined with occupancy sensors allow occupants to control the amount of lighting used and save energy when possible. All paints and coatings are Green Seal compliant, and all carpets are Green Label Plus compliant.

In addition, much of the waste was diverted from landfills. During the construction of the building, more than 75% of the waste was recycled, including concrete, metals, wood, cardboard, drywall and other materials, and since the building has been in use, the occupants have were encouraged to recycle.

Since 2011, the University of Notre Dame has been committed to following LEED standards for all new construction. The University has obtained 10 LEED Gold certifications, including this one and five LEED Silver certifications. In addition to saving energy and resources, LEED buildings contribute to a greener and more sustainable environment for generations to come.