Green Building

Delaware college secures LEED certification with green building

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 11:33

The Energy House of Delaware Technical College has been awarded with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum award from the U.S. Green Building Council, as the structure utilizes technology like radiant heating and stormwater management to limit consumption levels, according to the World Interior Design Network.

Although there are only several large classrooms in the building, the spacious structure also contains conference centers, galleries and a large meeting hall for energy education training, according to the news source.

World Interior Design Network reported that the building has been outfitted with a living green roof - full of plants, grass and solar panels - along with wind generation equipment, stormwater management products, high-performance cooling, lighting systems and innovative irrigation equipment.

The building also had a radiant heating system installed throughout, as the property manager wanted to use an energy efficient and effective heater. This system works with the solar panels that were set up on the roof, as the technology uses water that is heated by the solar products to supply warmth to the entire structure, according to the news source.

A radiant heating system can help to provide an efficient source of heat to large buildings, as the technology helps to evenly distribute the heat between the floor and ceiling. Due to the effectiveness of the system, the temperature difference is a maximum two-to-three degrees between floors.

It also helps to limit the total energy costs for a building, especially when used with solar panels to heat the water, as the amount of energy needed to reach a specific temperature is less than other, more conventional heaters. This helps to lower electricity bills and limit the negative impact on the environment.