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UW-L buildings awarded prestigious green building certification

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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:

  • Rain gardens allow storm water to soak into the ground and reduce erosion, flooding and water pollution
  • Design incorporates natural light to reduce energy needs
  • White rooftops reduce the "heat island" effect. Heat islands are areas of higher temperature caused by buildings, pavement and other infrastructure that can increase summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and more.
  • Pollution is controlled during construction and through construction waste recycling
  • Construction materials are used with high-recycled content, which are regionally made
  • Ample bicycle parking is available outside the facility and bus lines are within .25 miles of the project site.
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