LEED certification is a U.S. benchmark for sustainable building design and construction.
Kittredge Central and Kittredge West use 31 to 42 percent less energy than other buildings of similar size and function. Features include low-flow plumbing, efficient lighting, efficient heating and cooling systems, “green” insulation and windows, and power outlets in the student rooms that cut off electricity when rooms are unoccupied.
More than 25 percent of the material used to construct Kittredge Central and about 14 percent of the material used to construct Kittredge West contains recycled content; more than 30 percent of the building materials were sourced or manufactured within a 500-mile radius; and approximately 80 percent of all of the construction waste from the buildings was diverted from landfills.
The ceiling over the front desk in Kittredge Central is made from repurposed wood salvaged from a former dining area in Kittredge complex. Additionally, stone used in stairway details in Kittredge Central was repurposed from a former stairwell in the Kittredge complex.
Free filtered water bottle filling stations throughout the common areas of the buildings show how many plastic containers may have been diverted from landfills as users stock their own re-useable containers.
For more information about campus sustainability visit http://www.colorado.edu/cusustainability/. For more information about Kittredge Central and Kittredge West visit http://www.colorado.edu/news/features/cu-boulder%E2%80%99s-new-and-renovated-residence-halls-showcase-new-academic-program.