Lefevre Hall is the second building on campus to earn LEED Gold certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings on SUNY campuses.
Many different factors contributed to Lefevre’s LEED Gold rating, including:
- Water Conservation: low flow faucets and shower heads, and dual-flush toilets
- High Performance Building Envelope: double-paned windows (from a prior building upgrade project), reflective roof, high performance thermal envelope, and air-lock entry vestibule
- Energy Conservation: heat wheel to conserve thermal energy during the heating season while maintaining air quality and a heat exchanger
- Lighting: approximately 95% of light fixtures are LEDs
- Green Building Materials:
- Building reuse: 95% of existing structural elements including walls, floors, and roofs have been reused. A minimum of 55% of all structural elements will be reused.
- Over 95% of construction waste was recycled
- A significant percentage of building materials were acquired from the region
- A significant percentage of building materials were made from recycled content
- Low-Emitting Materials:
- Low-emitting paints and coatings
- Low-emitting flooring system
- Alternative Transportation:
- Lefevre Hall has easy access to public transportation, including two bus lines within one quarter mile walking distance of the project site
- Outdoor covered bike storage
- Designated parking spots for low emission and fuel efficient vehicles
- Brownfield Remediation: the building was abated for asbestos
- Community Connectivity: the building is located within one half mile of a minimum of ten basic community services such as the Student Health Center, dining locations, the campus bookstore, a bank, the mailroom, etc.