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Green Buildings

Buildings and the activities that take place in them greatly impact the environment and people. Green buildings reduce the university's ecological footprint including energy consumption and pollution. At UW Oshkosh we are committed to green buildings. We aspire to a minimum of LEED Gold certification when possible.

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LEED Certified Buildings

Horizon Village Residence Hall

LEED Gold Certified

Heating and Cooling

      • Includes a hybrid geothermal/conventional heating and cooling system
      • 56 geothermal wells are placed underground for heating water for the building
      • Heat recovery system is used to retrieve excess heat from the Residence Life data center
      • Individual temperature control gauges in each individual room

Green Roof & Bioswales

      • Slows down and reduces the volume of runoff
      • Filters water for better water quality
      • Adds insulation in the winter and provides natural cooling through evaporative cooling in the summer
      • Bioswales around the building help contain and filter water and slow down runoff 

Other Features

      • Outdoor patio and indoor fireplace are made of limestone from the previous hall
      • Electrical energy consumption was reduced by 80,000 KWH from 2013 to 2014
      • Bike garage gives the opportunity to students to bring their bikes to campus

 

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Sage Hall

LEED Gold Certified

Saves an estimated 40% in energy costs compared to standard construction

  • 10% from on-site renewable sources
  • 30% saved through natural lighting
    • Includes: low-tech light shelves that reflect light to provide softer light and automatic blinds that regulates the intensity of light 

Photovoltaic Panels

  • 188 non-tracking (fix-mounted) panels on the roof and 3 pole-mounted tracking systems rated at a total of 47.1 kW (enough electricity to meet the needs of 3-4 houses)

Solar Thermal Panels

  • 60 rooftop panels produce up to 3 million BTUs/day providing 70% of the hot water needs of the building and providing radiant floor heating
    • Reduces the need for forced air, thereby making the lecture rooms quieter

Green Roof

  • 5,203 sq. ft. and can hold 6,192 gallons of water
  • Reduces the volume and speed of runoff and filters the rainwater
  • Providing some insulation in winter and evaporative cooling in summer

Bioswales

  • Grounds engineered to retain storm water in bioswales
  • Reduce the volume and speed of the runoff, and to improve water quality (materials tend to be tolerant of a range of conditions consist of plants native to Wisconsin)

Improved Indoor Air Quality

  • Inside uses products (e.g., paints, adhesives, furniture) that are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Longevity

  • Sage should last twice as long as conventional buildings

 

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Student Success Center

Student Success Center

LEED Silver Certified

  • First LEED certified building at UW Oshkosh
  • Features a ground source geothermal system that makes heating and cooling 70% more efficient
  • 84 photovoltaic panels on the roof generate an estimated annual 23,973 kWh of electricity annually

 

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Alumni Welcome and Conference Center

Alumni Center 2014

LEED Gold Certified

Site Features

  • No irrigation system was used for plantings and lawns
  • Native plantings used in landscaping
  • Biofiltration basins are part of the site plan for stormwater treatment
  • On-site bicycle racks for staff and visitors
  • Priority parking for (10) low-fuel / low emissions vehicles

Building Features

  • All exterior and interior stone is Pewter Lannon stone and native to Wisconsin
  • The grand stair was manufactured in Tomahawk, Wisconsin  
  • Brick is manufactured within 500 mile radius of the building
  • Cellular beams were used to clear span the banquet room, to allow for mechanical, electrical, telecom, plumbing, and fire protection mains to be run within the structure, which reduces the overall building height and envelope materials
  • Entire membrane roof is white EPDM, energy star compliant, and offers high reflectance to promote a cooler roof
  • Daylight sensors for lighting efficiency utilized in perimeter offices and meeting rooms 
  • Building footprint was reduced by incorporating a mechanical mezzanine vs. adding footprint and reducing the open landscape
  • Interior surface finishes (paints, sealants, and adhesives) are all low VOC
  • Machine-room less elevators were selected to help keep the building footprint down
  • Floor gratings and drains are installed at the main public and service entrances to reduce the introduction of dirt and other pollutants into the building
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures used in the kitchen and all restrooms
  • Kitchen hood features variable flow controls to optimize exhaust rates for the meals being cooked

 

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Taylor Residence Hall

Taylor Res Hall

  • A LEED-inspired building, our first endeavor into LEED renovations
  • Features include: energy efficient windows, extra thick insulation, an increased amount of natural lighting and individual room climate control
  • 16 rooftop solar thermal panels used to heat water that produce 1,300 therms annually

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Student Recreation and Wellness Center

SRWC 2

  • Built to LEED Silver criteria, but not certified
  • Uses locally-sourced building materials and recyclable items during construction
  • Uses a lighting system that senses ambient light and adjusts the lighting inside accordingly
  • Oriented to the north and south to increase energy efficiency
  • Pole-mounted photovoltaic tracker system rated at 2.88 kW.
  • A heat recovery wheel captures energy from air that is exhausted from locker rooms, toilet rooms, showers, and janitor closets.
  • Large windows to capture the use of natural light 

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Buildings with Green Features

Blackhawk Commons

Blackhawk Commons

  • Primary buffet dining location for students 
  • Trayless dining: reduced overconsumption by students which led to a 17% reduction in food waste
  • Approaching 100% organic waste diversion to the biodigester on campus (BD1)
  • Trash compactor at the facility reduces the frequency of waste pick up
  • Water is heated with 24 rooftop solar thermal panels, producing an estimated 1,878 therms
  • Reduced energy consumption by 20% through new appliances, lighting retrofits, and sustainable waste diversion
  • Utilizes one of the most energy and water efficient dish machines on the market

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Heating Plant

 Heating Plant

  • 16-panel solar thermal systems on top of the building preheats water before being sent to the boiler

  • In-building bag-house removes particulates associated with coal burning process 

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Titan Stadium

 JJ Keller Field                       Track & football field

  • Artificial turf replaced grass, saving approximately 850,000 gallons of water annually for irrigation

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Albee Hall and Pool

Albee Pool no logo

  • Offers fitness classes and open swim hours for staff and students

  • Solar thermal panels on top of roof heat the pool water

  • Lighting retrofit saves approximately 72,266 kWh/year

  • Each racquet ball court has a timed lighting system and will turn off when not in use

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Reeve Memorial Union

SRWC ?

  • Building windows provide natural day lighting all year and solar heat gain in winter

  • Fair Trade coffee, chocolate, handcrafts, and jewelry are sold in the Corner Convenience Store

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