Sunday, November 29, 2009

Castetter Hall South Addition

Phase I of the Castetter Hall south addition marks the first building on the UNM campus to become LEED® certified. Castetter achieved gold-level certification, with the building’s sustainable architecture as one of its primary goals.

The 15,867 s.f. addition will consume 31.5% less energy overall than traditional buildings on campus. Considerable care was given to the south-facing addition to maximize the amount and quality of natural light thereby reducing the need for artificial light. In order to control the increased solar gain, high performance glazing and solar shades were designed to reduce air conditioning loads. Natural light, expansive windows with views to the outside, and operable windows enhance environmental quality.