Green Building

Illinois center secures U.S. Green Building Council certification

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:36

The Recreation Centre/Residence Hall at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, has received the LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council due to its effective use of green and sustainable technology, according to World Interior Design Network.

Built by Joliet-based Buchar, Mitchell, Bajt Architects, the 201,439-square-foot facility encompasses four floors that house a 265-bed dormitory along with a 62,000-square-foot field house, reported the news source.

The facility features 60 geothermal walls that measure 650 feet in depth and it is made of precast concrete. The structure uses energy-saving windows, high performance air conditioning units and a radiant heating system to contribute to its sustainability, according to the Design Network.

School officials also put a series of bike racks around the building in an effort to get students to use this form of transportation in order to take part in the green initiative that the college signed on for, reported the news source.

Radiant heating systems work well in large structures as the heat is evenly distributed around rooms due to the efficiency of the technology. This system allows for only two-to-three degrees of difference in temperature between the floor and ceiling as opposed to more than 10 in a forced air system.