A newly renovated residence hall at the University of Colorado at Boulder will be open for the fall semester with LEED Gold Certification.
"In addition to some of the cosmetic changes that people would hope, weve gone in and changed systems out," Frank Bruno, the vice chancellor for administration at CU, said. "Windows needed to be replaced, heating, cooling, ventilation systems have been changed. This is a great building because when windows would be left open by a student, the system shuts down."
Andrew's Hall is expected to experience a 25 percent reduction in energy use and 20 percent reduction in water usage with the installation of low-flow showerheads, dual-flush toilets and aerators on faucets.
"It is about cutting our carbon footprint and becoming much more efficient," Bruno said. "Its a very innovative building."
The renovations are part of a campus-wide residence hall renovation. "Were systematically going through renovations each summer in preparation for students returning," Bruno said.
The university hopes these changes will help it reach the goal of reducing energy consumption by 20 percent by 2012.
Two other residence halls on campus are currently being renovated and the new Williams Village residence hall is under construction and will be the University's first LEED Platinum-rated residence hall.
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