Climate Leadership through Green Building

Commitment to green building is part of Agnes Scott's commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2037. As each major renovation is designed and implemented, all aspects of sustainability are carefully considered, with a special focus on energy and water efficiency. Our goal is to minimize the carbon footprint of the building as part of the renovation strategy.

Focusing on sustainable renovations benefits the college in these ways:

  • Assists with meeting the goal of climate neutrality by reducing the building’s carbon footprint
  • Saves significant utility costs over the life of the new, highly efficient systems 
  • Provides critical educational opportunities about how to achieve green building goals in historic buildings and within budget 
  • Receives recognition for the college both with LEED certification and other awards

LEED, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is the green building certification program managed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project.

In 2008 the Agnes Scott’s Board of Trustees passed a resolution that all new construction and renovation on campus must meet the standards of LEED Silver or greater. This board guidance has been pivotal in the sustainability success of green building in renovation. Currently, the college has one LEED Silver building, one LEED Gold building, and one LEED Platinum building. The major construction projects at Agnes Scott that have undergone LEED certification have used the LEED Building and Construction (BD+C) scoring system. Specifically, these projects have fallen under the LEED v3 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations.

Check out our past and on-going projects below:

Rebekah Scott Hall

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Rebekah Scott Hall is the third LEED certified building on Agnes Scott’s 100 acre campus. The 1905 building underwent renovation between May 2017 to August 2018. Under the 2009 LEED Building, Design and Construction scoring system, Rebekah Scott Hall achieved LEED Platinum certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental equality. LEED-Platinum is the highest-level rating by the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition to achieving LEED Platinum certification, Rebekah Scott Hall was one of two finalists in the Community Impact Award category in the 2018 Georgia Green Awards and received recognition for second place. 

One of the many impressive aspects of this renovation is the fact that the former parking lot beside the building was turned into the geothermal field and now has a sustainability landscape planted instead of asphalt. It acts as the heating ventilation and air conditioning system of the building – in the same way it does for Campbell Hall. This additional geothermal HVAC project was a crucial element in keeping Agnes Scott on track with their climate action plan. Please see the detailed graphic below. 

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Interested in learning more about the Rebekah Hall Renovation? Check out our renovation video series at our YouTube page here, or click the video you would like to see below: 

Introduction: 

What is LEED?: 

 What is Geothermal Energy?:

Student Perspectives: 

Meet the Team: 

  

 

Campbell Hall 

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LEED-Gold certified Campbell Hall, is the second LEED certified building on Agnes Scott’s 100 acre campus. This building with combined residential and academic uses provides the perfect infrastructure for living and learning, especially in relation to Agnes Scott’s sustainability efforts. As part of our mission to live honorably, the college accepts the challenge of environmental stewardship, commits to education and leadership in sustainability, and seeks to balance what the college takes from and returns to the world’s natural resources. 

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Take the tour of LEED credit categories!

  1. Sustainable Sites: Secure bicycle racks and accessible changing facilities near Campbell Hall help promote clean commuting options.
  2. Site Selection: Reuse of an existing historic building limits waste and new construction material. It also does not increase impervious surface on campus.
  3. Site Selection: Convenient access to alternative transportation options reduces CO2 emissions and improves regional air quality.
  4. Water Efficiency: The low flow fixtures in these bathrooms contribute to reducing water consumption by thousands of gallons per year.
  5. Water Efficiency: The low flow fixtures used in these bathrooms save 40% more water compared to conventional fixtures.
  6. Energy & Atmosphere: Maintaining Campbell Hall’s large windows provides natural day-lighting throughout the building, thus reducing electricity usage.
  7. Energy & Atmosphere: Campbell Hall is heated and cooled by a geothermal HVAC system which is the most energy efficient HVAC system available in 2014. The energy saved will greatly reduce the college’s carbon footprint long-term.
  8. Indoor Environmental Air Quality: Environmentally preferred cleaning products are used throughout Campbell Hall to reduce airborne chemicals.
  9. Water Efficiency: The geothermal HVAC system used to heat and cool Campbell Hall saves over half a million gallons of water per year.
  10. Materials & Resources: Over 95% of the construction waste was recycled or salvaged, resulting in over 200 tons of material diverted from the landfill.
  11. Indoor Environmental Air Quality: The use of low VOC paint, coatings and adhesives helps reduce impacts to the environment and personal health. Carpet and furniture are manufactured with low-emitting materials which also contributes to improved indoor air quality.
  12. Indoor Environmental Air Quality: The use of interior glass walls throughout Campbell Hall enhances natural light, therefore providing a more productive workspace.
  13. Materials & Resources: All paper goods used in Campbell Hall are environmentally safe, non-toxic and have a high post-consumer recycled content.
  14. Site Selection: Campbell Hall was designed with a stormwater management plan that promotes natural filtration, collection, and reuse with minimal processing.
  15. Indoor Environmental Air Quality: Ventilation, including some operable windows, throughout Campbell Hall was designed in order to enhance indoor air quality.
  16. Materials & Resources: Exterior historic architectural elements were salvaged and refurbished for reuse in the building renovation.