High-Performance Buildings at Purdue University

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More than 180 buildings comprise Purdue University’s main campus, which is continually evolving according to the needs of the campus community. As these buildings consume the majority of energy on campus, lighting our workspaces, powering our labs, and maintaining a comfortable and healthy environment, it is in the University’s interest to meet the needs of its community efficiently, economically and sustainably.

In June of 2008, the Governor of Indiana issued Executive Order 08-14, which established that all state buildings constructed or renovated shall be designed to achieve the maximum energy efficiency possible while remaining cost effective over the building life cycle.

In April of 2010, Purdue completed its Sustainability Strategic Plan, establishing goals to improve its stewardship of the environment through efficient energy use and management. Nationally recognized building rating systems have ranked the University as a leader in this area, based on the methods used in nine recent and current construction projects.

Project

Rating

System

Points

Achieved

Points

Anticipated*

Certification

Level

Target

Construction Level

Gatewood Addition

LEED-NC

v2.2

43/69

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Gold

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Marriott Hall

LEED-NC

v2.2

40/69

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Gold

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Recreation Sports Center

LEED-NC

v2.2

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37/69

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Silver

Herrick Laboratories

Leed-NC

v2009

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50/110

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Gold

Center for Student Excellence

Leed-NC

v2009

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58/110

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Silver

Third Street Suites

Leed-NC

v2009

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60/110

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Silver

Bindley Expansion

Green Globes

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611/926

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Three Globes

Drug Discovery

Green Globes

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576/927

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Three Globes

Health and Human Sciences

Green Globes

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587/913

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Three Globes

Not only have these projects brought public recognition and certifications to the university, they have also provided the architects, engineers, and community members with excellent experience. They are now ready to take their knowledge and goals to the next level, as stakeholders ask, “How much farther towards high performance buildings can Purdue go?”

The Office of Sustainability is leading efforts not only to examine sustainability achievements within Purdue’s recent projects, but also to evaluate peer and industry best practices. This information will help create a business case for increased levels of building performance across all significant building projects at Purdue. The Office will offer its final recommendations to stakeholder groups during the summer of 2013, and will collaborate with Physical and Capital Planning, Project Management and Construction, and Energy and Engineering Systems to integrate these new guidelines into future buildings projects this fall.

By institutionalizing high-performance building recommendations, the Office of Sustainability anticipates that energy savings for all future projects can be about 15 percent higher than the amounts required by state energy code. Doing so will save energy and money and will help advance the University’s environmental goals.

Initiatives