STUCKEMAN FAMILY BUILDING
The Stuckeman Family Building, which opened in summer 2005, was the first Penn State building designed to be LEED certified, impressively receiving a Gold certification. Among other factors, it was recognized for integration of the building and site design, use of natural light, fitness for the regional climate, use of low-maintenance planting materials, use of recycled materials and certified wood, and a ventilation system that reduces the need for mechanical heating and cooling.
During construction, the project followed a rigorous program to reduce waste and limit site disturbance. The energy-efficient design of the 111,000-square-foot building is projected to reduce its annual energy costs by 35 percent compared to a conventionally designed structure. The structure of the building was made with 87% locally sourced materials. The interior contains native plants, "Green Guard" Furniture, natural finishes and recycled carpets, paint composite wood and sealants.
Other sustainable features include an exterior constructed from recycled copper and durable brick; rainwater recycling systems that capture water in cisterns for landscape irrigation; automated lighting controls and smart sensors that recognize when people are inside; and energy-efficient motorized windows that take advantage of natural ventilation.
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