By Lani St. Hill
Fitts-Woolard Hall, home to CCEE and other NC State College of Engineering departments and offices, has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Silver level.
Awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, this certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
At more than 225,000 gross square feet, Fitts-Woolard Hall provides the College of Engineering essential infrastructure to leverage the unique research opportunities, industry and government facilities that are part of Centennial Campus.
Fitts-Woolard Hall also boasts critical elements that promote wise stewardship of resources and environmentally responsible operations.
The building’s sustainable features include:
- Utilization of low-emitting construction materials and room-level sensors for continuous monitoring of air quality
- Energy efficient designs, such as building-level energy metering, space-specific temperature controls and commissioning to ensure systems perform as designed
- Utilization of refrigerants that don’t contribute to ozone depletion
- High-quality lighting and use of daylight for interior spaces to increase productivity, comfort and well-being of occupants
- Green Seal-certified cleaning products and services provided by University Housekeeping
- Utilization of reclaimed water for irrigation and toilet flushing, and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption both indoors and outdoors
- Rainwater management measures to reduce the impact of runoff, as well as mitigations to reduce heat islands
- Composting for paper towels and food scraps throughout the building
- Easy access to the Wolfline campus bus system plus infrastructure to support biking as a mode of transportation
- Utilizing a previously-developed site to reduce environmental impacts
- Diverting construction waste from the landfill through recycling or reuse
- Pre-planned infrastructure for rooftop renewable energy generation
Fitts-Woolard Hall brings the total amount of LEED-certified space on campus to more than 1.5 million square feet. Learn more about NC State’s built environment and its commitment to sustainability at sustainability.ncsu.edu/campus/buildings.