La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) - UW-La Crosse's new residence hall and academic building have both received prestigious national awards for their sustainable and energy-efficient designs. Eagle Hall and Centennial Hall opened in fall 2011 and recently received LEED® Gold certification.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a national green building certification system. It provides third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at increasing performance, reducing waste and improving quality of life. Sustainable strategies are incorporated in energy use, lighting, water and material use and more.
LEED certification was based on a number of green design and construction features. For instance, Centennial Hall's student-funded solar water heater reduces energy needs and Eagle Hall's low-flow shower heads reduce water consumption. Other sustainable features of both buildings include, but are not limited to:
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