The first building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Bristol Bay campus to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification was once an auto parts store. The LEEDs acknowledgement was for energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly design, according to The Bristol Bay Times.
The NAPA store was bought when the school was looking to expand. A key feature of upgrading the structure – which now is The Applied Sciences Center — is use of the REMOTE wall technique, which is the addition of 6 inches of insulation to the exterior of the structure. This facilitates better heat retention. Another step was the installation of a heat recovery system that improves ventilation while simultaneously reducing heat loss.
The comprehensive LEED methodology looks at seven areas, which included some that were out of reach for the small building located in a remote area.
Colleges and universities generally look for energy efficiencies. Last month, Elgin Communication College in northeastern Illinois said that it updated its electrical distribution system after adding several buildings to its campus, with spreads over 217 acres.