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Green Building

Reuse, Renovate, And Retrofit

There have been major renovations to several buildings including Chemistry, Education, Science Center, and Kopp. There are three LEED Accredited Professionals on Facilities Planning and Construction staff. Several roofs (including the library) have been replaced with high insulation and reflectivity values. Sunscreens on southern window exposures continued to be installed along with high efficiency glass. USF is developing an IT networked centralized remote building energy management/control and individual building metering of energy and water use and centralized data collection. The university is conducting Life cycle analysis (Florida Commercial Building Energy Computational Program) on its construction materials and are developing standards in building insulation values for walls, roofs, windows, motor and equipment efficiencies, mechanical systems insulation, and controls for HVAC and lighting.

Green Building

USF anticipates several buildings to be LEED certified: Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions, Tampa Campus (under construction); Interdisciplinary Science, Tampa Campus (under construction); Science and Technology Building, St. Petersburg Campus (under construction); USF Polytechnic Phase I, Lakeland Campus (in design); and Wellness and Nutrition Center, Tampa Campus (in design).

Building Materials

The appropriate credits under all LEED registered projects have been achieved. Concrete has been used extensively as a structural material on campus. Locally produced brick and stucco have been used extensively. The university is currently commissioning the building envelop for the Music building. This process eventually will be extended to all buildings on the Tampa campus.

Smart Masonry

There is an existing character of campus consisting of exposed concrete frame and brick infill. The early 1960s campus buildings, with post and beam concrete structures and brick infill, are relatively low maintenance and have a distinct architectural character considered bland by many. The major buildings constructed since 1990 have incorporated a richer palette of paint, brick, and other materials. Particularly, color has been used to create a base for the buildings at the pedestrian level and also has been used to emphasize entry elements.

Materials Conservation

Stained concrete floors have been used throughout the campus as well as unpainted materials such as brick, concrete blocks, metal, and concrete.

Materials Recycling

Recycling of demolition and construction materials is in place. Recycled content in construction materials are being used increasingly.

Recycled Content Materials

Recycling of demolition and construction materials is in place. Recycled content in construction materials are being used increasingly.

Renewable Building Materials

The use of rapidly renewable materials is increasing on campus.

Green Roofs

Roof replacements with very high insulation values and high reflectivity SRI (Solar Reflective Index) of 94 are being used. Fifteen roofs have been replaced over the past three years, covering a total square footage of 410,865.

Rainwater Harvesting

The new Patel Center for Global Solutions Building will be the first building on campus to incorporate rainwater harvesting by collecting rainwater into a cistern and then plumbing it separately for toilet and urinal flushing. Three additional cisterns are in the planning process. The ‘Running of the Bulls’ fountain at the Marshall Center reuses waste water from the HVAC system.

Low-Flow Water Fixtures

A significant portion of past faucets and flushing devices have been replaced with low-flow motion-sensing automatic sensors (e.g., 1.6 gal/flush, minimum). There is an upcoming plan (to be implemented in 2010) to take inventory of all fixtures throughout campus.

Dual-Plumbing

The Patel Center for Global Solutions Building will be the first building on campus to utilize dual-plumbing. Use of harvested rainwater to be used for the flushing of toilets and urinals reduces the need to withdraw water from the aquifer for that purpose.

Water Metering

There are now sub-metering retrofits on existing buildings.