Green Standards At Core Of College Building
Posted: September 23, 2012 at 5:05 a.m.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College officials hope green methods used when constructing a $12.2 million building will be looked at as another way the college is teaching.
At A Glance
NorthWest Arkansas Community College serves an average of 1,300 health profession students a year. It will be able to increase that by 1,000 students with the new building.
The college enrolls 150 people annually in its highly competitive nursing program and turns away more than 150 applicants a year. It will be able to enroll 250 people upon the center’s completion.
Source: NorthWest Arkansas Community College
At A Glance
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 five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. LEED standards cover new commercial construction and major renovation projects, interiors projects and existing building operations. Standards are under development to cover commercial “core & shell” construction, new home construction and neighborhood developments.
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