Byerly Hall, at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, has achieved LEED-NC Gold certification .By opting to reuse a significant portion of the existing building, designing an efficient HVAC system, specifying low emitting paints and materials, designing day-lit spaces, pursuing LEED certification, and educating staff and fellows about the sustainable operation of the building, the Radcliffe Institute has again demonstrated a commitment to green design and sustainability.
The 42,000 square foot Byerly Hall renovation includes offices, common areas, and studios for the Fellows of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. This three-story building underwent a complete renovation to accommodate new requirements for the building's use. The ground floor’s open plan includes more public spaces including lounges and meeting rooms. Elevators and entry ramps were renovated to comply with code standards and allow for a more universally accessible facility.
This project marked the third major renovation undertaken by the Radcliffe Institute following the adoption of a master plan that incorporated new sustainability goals. The first renovation following the adoption of the plan, the Radcliffe Gymnasium, had many green features but did not pursue a green building certification. The second building renovation, Schlesinger Library, was completed in February of 2005 and achieved LEED certification. The renovation of Byerly Hall follows and improves upon the environmental achievements of these recent renovations.
A utility display in the lobby allows occupants to see the building’s real-time energy use. This building dashboard can be viewed here. A full case study can be found on Harvard's Green Building Resource.