Stinson-Remick receives LEED Gold Certification

Author: William G. Gilroy

Stinson-Remick Hall

The University of Notre Dame’s Stinson-Remick Hall has received LEED Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Stinson-Remick, which is being dedicated today (Sept. 3), is a 160,000-square-foot College of Engineering facility that houses a nano technology research center, an 9,000-square-foot semiconductor processing and device fabrication clean room, and an undergraduate interdisciplinary learning center.

The building includes many sustainable design and construction features.

  • The facility is located within close proximity to 10 services (food, library, chapel, open spaces, etc.).
  • Stinson-Remick is located near two bus stop lines, which allows building users to easily travel by bus to get to the building.
  • A previously used building site (University Club) was reused so that “green space” was not consumed for the building; the former University Club was completely recycled.
  • Water saving toilets and urinals equate to about 130,850 gallons of water saved per year
  • An energy recovery system installed on the lab exhaust system is expected to save about $65,724 per year, which equates to payback of just over seven and a half years that offsets the cost of the system that was installed.
  • “Green housekeeping” practices are used for the building which is better for both workers and building users.
  • The University specified low VOC (volatile organic compound) materials for most interior materials, carpet, glues, sealants, paints, etc.
  • A white roof membrane was installed to reduce the heating load on the building in the summer months.
  • A native landscape and drip irrigation system was added to save 51 percent of normal water usage for irrigation.
  • Stinson-Remick has showers so that people who choose to ride their bikes to work can shower before going to work.
  • The building uses environmentally-friendly refrigerants in its cooling systems.
  • There are more than 76 electrical metering points tracking the building’s electrical usage.

Stinson-Remick is the third Notre Dame building to be LEED certified. Geddes Hall, the home of the University’s Center for Social Concerns and Institute for Church Life, and Ryan Hall also have received Gold certification.