Foxcroft Goes Green -- and Gold!

Stuart Hall earns Gold LEED Certification for sustainability 

Stuart Hall, the beautiful new dormitory that opened in August, has achieved Gold Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program for new construction, Head of School Mary Louise Leipheimer announced Friday.

The gold designation, the second highest among four levels, is an impressive indication of the building's sustainability and the School's commitment to the environment. Stuart Hall earned 60 out of 110 possible credits in six "green" categories. It excelled especially in water efficiency (ranking in the top 14% among LEED projects in the U.S.) and energy (top 16% in Virginia) as well as indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. The last category includes an educational component that was achieved in large part by our students' involvement through Project Green Build and the Lucid dashboard design.

Click here to view a quick scoreboard of Stuart Hall's certification on the USBC Green Building Information Gateway. Compare its rating with others in Virginia and the U.S. here.
During her announcement last week, Mary Lou pointed out some impressive achievements in specific areas:

--Materials & resources: 92.7% of the construction waste was diverted from landfills and 20.7% of the materials used were recycled.

--Water efficiency: There was a 44% reduction in use of water.

--Indoor Environmental Quality: 96% of occupants have access to lighting controls and 100% of regularly-occupied areas have views to the exterior.

--Energy and atmosphere: The building has an energy-efficient envelope, and uses green-friendly lighting, controls, appliances, and a geothermal HVAC system.

--Sustainable Site: There is plentiful open space, bicycle storage, and low-emitting vehicles parking. Storm water design is green-friendly.

In the United States and in a number of other countries around the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. It is currently certifying about 1.5 million square feet of building space each day in 135 countries. The LEED rating system is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being. Today, more than 54,000 projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 10.1 billion square feet of construction space.

The LEED rating system offers four certification levels for new construction -- Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum -- that correspond to the number of credits accrued in six green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. For more information, visit more visit
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