The renovation of State Gym at Iowa State University in Ames has received LEED Platinum certification.
The university says the gym, which reopened about a year ago, is one of only two college recreation centers in the United States that have achieved a platinum LEED rating.
The environmentally friendly features that helped the project reach the platinum level of certification include:
- Sensors that adjust lighting based on the natural light available
- A green roof on a portion of the facility
- Toilets with low-consumption flush valves
- Re-use of 87 percent of the original State Gym structure.
- Captured storm water can be redirected to flush toilets
- Sinks and showers with low-flow faucet heads
- 25 percent of the building materials come from within 500 miles of Ames
- 84 percent of the regularly occupied spaces in the building can be illuminated with daylight
- 65 percent of the wood used in construction is grown and harvested according to sustainable forestry standards
- Landscaping features native plantings that do not require an irrigation system
- 86 percent of the total construction waste — more than 1,560 tons — was recycled.
- Low-toxicity interior paints, adhesives and flooring were used.
- An automated thermostat adjusts building temperature at night and other unoccupied periods
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