TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The school year starts in just a few days for many local kids, but college students have a few more weeks at home.
At Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, it may just look like a modern day building with a few bells and whistles, but little do most people know, the new residence hall makes green living a lifestyle.
"Green buildings aren't just solar panels and wind energy," Jacob Campbell of Rose-Hulman said. "It's the indoor air quality. It's the materials used in the building."
The Lakeside Suites and Apartments on the campus of Rose-Hulman take a recent pledge by the university to a whole new level.
"We signed the American Colleges and Universities President's climate commitment," Campbell explained. "One of the actions we wanted to take out of that commitment was to build LEED silver buildings."
The commitment to go green teaches the school's students how to make their own lives more energy efficient, but the school follows pretty high standards when it comes to green living.
"Sight selection, storm water quality site run off, recycled material products, energy efficient lighting, high efficiency boilers, air cooled chillers, day lights, the fact there there's outside views" are all part of the LEED standards.
That list goes on and on, and so do the savings.
"We think we can save 30 percent on water consumption on this building compared to others, on electricity, 70 percent on lighting and 40 percent on overall electrical."
Those are just projected, but the school could save more.
Now, their adding similar whistles to their old buildings, showing students efficiency is also about adapting what you already have.
The school enlisted several alumni to help design and build the residence hall.. And they used companies in the mid-west for the majority of the material.
Lakeside features 60 apartments and suites for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, housing 240 students. The hall has been full since the sign up period last spring.
The building follows an initiative by the school to promote on-campus living.
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