Notre Dame earns LEED Gold for McCourtney, Dunne, and Flaherty Halls
The U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design has awarded the University of Notre Dame with LEED Gold certification for McCourtney Hall, Flaherty Hall and Dunne Hall. These certifications are a recognition of Notre Dame’s efforts to create efficient, sustainable built environments that meet the needs of our campus community.
“Earning the distinction of LEED Gold recognizes the University’s commitment to efficient, sustainable design and operation that contributes to the good stewardship of our natural resources,” said Vice President for Facilities Design and Operation and University Architect Doug Marsh. “We continually seek for ways to utilize technology and industry-leading green building methods to create a sustainable built environment that serves our campus community well.”
Throughout the construction of the facilities, the projects sourced more than 33 percent of the building materials from the local region, and used materials with more than 20 percent of recycled content. During the construction of both residence halls and McCourtney Hall, project managers eliminated and minimized waste as much as possible, and reused materials when feasible.
The daily operation of the facilities conserves energy and water. Compared to other newly constructed buildings, Flaherty Hall and Dunne Hall each consume 28 percent less energy for heating and cooling. Occupancy sensors in interior spaces of McCourtney Hall reduce lighting power density, conserve the amount of airflow and reduce reheat energy. Notably, in McCourtney Hall a heat recovery system moves heat from the exhaust air to the supply air during the winter months, and from the supply air to the exhaust air in the summer months, which reduces the consumption of chilled water and steam. Similarly, a heat recovery chiller moves heat from the chilled water return to the heating water supply, which also reduces the consumption of chilled water and steam. With high-efficiency fixtures and sensor metered lavatory faucets, McCourtney Hall uses 37 percent less water than the standard new facility while Flaherty Hall uses about 45 percent less water than a similar new building and Dunne Hall uses about 51 percent less water.
Since 2008, the University of Notre Dame has been committed to following LEED standards for all new construction. Including McCourtney Hall, the University has earned nine LEED Gold certifications and three LEED Silver certifications, and is in the process of seeking three additional LEED Silver certifications. Other LEED Gold-certified buildings include Flaherty Hall, Dunne Hall, Stinson-Remick Hall, the Purcell Pavilion, Geddes Hall, Ryan Hall, the renovation of the Morris Inn, and Carole Sandner Hall. In addition to saving energy and resources, the new buildings will contribute to a greener, more sustainable environment for generations to come.