LEED Buildings at Butler
The U.S. Green Building Council created the Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design, or LEED construction sustainability rating
system in 1990. LEED is based on a holistic design approach that
integrates energy efficiency, the environment, and the
design/construction processes. LEED offers points that encourage an
exceptional work place environment for end users as well as
creating a sustainable and energy efficient building. Based upon
the earned number of credits, or points, buildings receive one of
the following rankings:
LEED Silver is the Butler standard for new construction and
major renovations, but Gold or higher is strived for whenever
possible. Even small renovation projects on campus incorporate the
LEED sustainability concepts.
Access to Hinkle Construction Camera.
Hinkle opened in 1928 as a home for four Athletic sports. Today,
Hinkle houses 19 sports, College of Education offices and
classrooms, and all levels of Athletics administration. The
fieldhouse is currently undergoing a $34 million renovation which
is scheduled for completion in October 2014. The pool retrofit
portion of the project has been registered as a LEED for Interior
Design and Construction project. The exterior renovation, which was
made possible in part by a grant from the Save America's Treasure's
program executed by the US Park's Service, has already been
completed. Every piece of single pane glass was replaced with
double pane insulated glass and every one of the 480,000 Indiana
Bricks was cleaned.
Opened in 2013 with LEED Gold
Certification, the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts is
Butler's Second LEED Gold Certified building.
The facility uses 55 percent less water and 22 percent
less energy (saving the University an estimated $19,000 per year
based on 2013 energy costs) than a typical building its size
because of construction measures that include:
- A white roof that reflects heat rather than absorbs it.
- Dual-pane insulated window assemblies featuring a thermal
- Energy-efficient light fixtures.
- Motion and occupancy sensors.
- Low-flow restroom fixtures.
- A rain garden that captures and filters storm water
- Pervious asphalt that further reduces storm water runoff.
- Green power credits were purchased for 100 percent of the
projected electricity consumption for two years.
- 78 percent of the construction waste was recycled and thus
diverted from landfills.
- 75 percent of the materials used for construction were
extracted and manufactured from within 500 miles of the project
site including limestone on the building exterior.
- This facility will be cleaned using green cleaning
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Addition
Opened in 2009 with LEED Gold Certification, the College of
Pharmacy and Health Sciences addition was Butler's first LEED
certified building. This project incorporated:
- Bicycle racks were installed to encourage occupants to reduce
their greenhouse gas emissions by riding bicycles rather than
- Dual flush toilets which allow the occupant to select a lower
water flow option when a full flush is not needed
- Low-flow urinals, sinks and showers to conserve an estimate of
almost 300,000 gallons/year. That's enough water to fill up the HRC
lap pool over two and a half times!
- Energy efficient equipment helps make the building 30% more
energy efficient than a standard building of its type and size
- Building is constructed of more than 30% recycled content
- 40% of the building materials were extracted and manufactured
within 500 miles of Butler's campus
- All adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings and carpet systems
contain low-levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Improved the indoor environment by:
- Providing over 90% of regularly occupied rooms with access to
- Providing over 90% of occupants with individual lighting
- Providing over 50% of offices with a thermostat to control
their individual environment
- Using Green cleaning products to maintain the appearance of the