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Hunter Hall Green Building Practices
Southern Vermont College built Hunter Hall with a keen eye toward energy efficient opportunities. Below is a summary of some of the green building practices!
- A well insulated building, with R-29 walls and R-50 ceilings. Also, the entire building is wrapped in 2″ rigid insulation to minimize thermal transmission through the framing.
- Comprehensive air sealing to meet Efficiency Vermont standards.
- Low-E argon windows.
- Insulated, air sealing, and windows allow downsized mechanical systems, reducing energy consumption.
- High efficiency lighting and natural day lighting.
- Occupancy sensors to control lighting.
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures.
- Local materials sourced within a 500-mile radius used whenever possible.
- Large room overhangs that protect the building from the summer sun while allowing sun to enter the building in the winter.
- Prepared for future solar hot water heaters for domestic hot water.
- Heating system designed to accommodate a future wood pellet boiler that will supply heat for the entire building.
- Constructed using building materials that will last for fifty years or more, significantly longer than the industry standard of 20 years.
- Building placement minimizes northern exposure.