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University of Baltimore invests in energy efficiency

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 14:43

The latest addition to the University of Baltimore stands as an example of modern construction's abilities to provide a function, beautiful space with very little carbon footprint. The Baltimore Sun reports that the university's new $114 million law school is a complex structure with pops of color like "margarita" and "banana yellow."
"We wanted a building that was not an ivory tower. We're changing traditions," said Robert Bogomolny, the university's president, according to the news source.
The 12-story building is unconventional in appearance, but students and faculty are excited for the display of modern ingenuity, reports The Baltimore Sun. The structure was built to achieve the highest rating of certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and it is currently under review.
According to the news source, there are numerous green technologies and materials incorporated into the structure. All of the light fixtures are light emitting diodes (LEDs), which last longer and cost less to power, and a rooftop rainwater collection system will provide all the water necessary for flushing toilets, flowing water features and irrigating green spaces around the building. 
A radiant floor heating system has also been installed throughout the building. The eco-friendly options allows the university to save on operational costs and makes the structure more comfortable - ideal for long study sessions. Because of the large amount of windows throughout the building, radiant floor heating is the ideal system. The utility option is more effective and the high R-value windows will effectively keep heat inside the law center.