1. SUSTAINABLE SITES
2. WATER EFFICIENCY
3. ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE
Making decisions about the building site to help reduce the building’s impact.
Making design decisions to minimize the impact of the building on water resources.
Making design decisions to maximize energy efficiency and minimize the building’s impact on the atmosphere.
BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY
With the construction of the Iota Residential Complex, Eckerd College celebrates its environmental core value. Founded on sand and sandspurs, Eckerd College today nurtures a lush landscape and rich ecosystem providing a living laboratory for teaching and research and an inviting natural setting for residents and recreation.
Incorporating many of the construction industry’s best practices for environmental sustainability, Eckerd College is seeking LEED’s certification of the Iota Residential Complex through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction program (LEED-NC). The LEED-NC program is a voluntary standard that defines high-performance green buildings – which are healthier, more environmentally responsible, and less costly to operate. The LEED standards provide a rating system to benchmark a building’s design and construction across six categories.
Students are greeted in their lobbies with monitors noting their energy consumption.These monitors are used to increase awareness about energy consumption and to encourage students to find ways to use energy more efficiently.Air conditioning systems in the buildings were selected with refrigerants that minimize their impact on the atmosphere.The building was designed with structural supports so that a rooftop solar hot water system could be added in the future.
Situated gracefully in balance at the intersection of the academic and residential neighborhoods, the Iota Residential Complex is located near day-to-day amenities on campus, reducing students’ desires to drive for basic needs such as the post office, laundry, and dining. Iota also features covered bicycle storage racks to encourage the use of alternative transportation methods.The site itself is designed to reduce the impact of storm water runoff on surrounding waterways. Iota’s exterior lighting minimizes nighttime light pollution.
Reducing the thirst for irrigation during Florida’s natural dry season, landscaping around Iota features native plantings. Irrigation that is required is provided by a reclaimed water system, thus eliminating the demand for local water resources.