The Creative Arts Building (CAB) at Haywood Community College was built utilizing the latest green technologies available. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building program. Based on technologies put into place, different levels of certification are possible from silver to gold, or platinum at the highest level.
With high sustainability goals in many areas, the Creative Arts Building has applied for the platinum, highest level of certification. Certification credentials are anticipated for summer 2015.
The CAB was built using as many local and recycled building material as possible. Over 20% of the major construction materials were made from recycled content. Nearly 40% of major construction materials were produced within 500 of the site, including the stone exterior.
More than 50% of the wood utilized for construction was FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified wood material. This means it was harvested from a sustainably managed forest, and manufactured in an environmentally conscious manner.
Nearly all of the spaces in the CAB utilize daylighting. All the south facing windows on the building are covered in a translucent white material to disperse incoming sunlight and naturally illuminate the spacious, open rooms. Many rooms that do not have south facing window areas take advantage of large skylights to bring the daylight indoors. Light levels in these rooms are monitored by a sensor, which relays information to the electric lighting system, which compensates and produces only the light necessary to meet the needs of the space.
Lights throughout the building are on motion detecting sensors to conserve energy. As students walk down the hallways, lights turn on to escort their way. In the same manner hallway and classroom lights will turn themselves off if there is no movement in the room for a prolonged period of time.
Roof Space Utilization
The CAB is designed to fit the terrain of our campus. The building was built into a hill and although there are three floors, due to the incline, all three have ground floor access. This has provided a large amount of roof space, which has been utilized in a number of ways.
The first manner of roof utilization is the collection of rainwater that flows into in a 25,000 underground cistern. This rainwater is processed in that cistern and is used to flush all the toilets in the building as well as supply 90% of the water used for the building’s cooling tower.
In addition to rain collection the roof space houses 159 solar panels as well as photovoltaic panels. Seven solar thermal panels are used to heat water that serves as the domestic hot water for the building. The water is stored in a 400-gallon tank and is accessible 24/7.
The remaining 152 panels are used to heat and cool the building. A radiant floor heating system is used to produce heat needed for the building.
The photovoltaic (PV) system consists of 468 PV panels, providing a total system size of 112 kilowatts. These panels convert energy from the sun into electricity. This is used to serve the power needs of several small systems in the building.