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Loyola University Reduces Energy with High Performance Windows, Geothermal HVAC

Linda Hardesty

Loyola energy manageThe goal of Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Sustainable Urban Living (CSUL) is to become a closed-loop urban agricultural community, a net-zero sustainable environment where people live, work and grow their own food.

According to the university’s Office of Sustainability, the newly completed CSUL complex will contribute to a 50 percent decrease in energy consumption from the ASHRAE’s standard energy baseline.

The CSUL includes an existing 11-story structure whose lower three levels were renovated and expanded, a newly constructed 357-bed student residence and a new six-story building.

The buildings include nearly 400 large, high-performance windows from Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

A three-story student atrium connecting the buildings harvests energy through a photovoltaic power system. Its glass roof is designed on a slope so water that falls upon it will be collected in a huge cistern underneath the facility. This water will be reused in the greenhouse for irrigation purposes.

The CSUL facilities also include 92 geothermal wells that are 500 feet deep, providing heating/cooling energy.

Photo courtesy of Architectural Glazing Technologies



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