Two offices participating in the Harvard Green Office Program can now boast that they are not only taking steps to reduce the environmental impacts of their day-to-day office activities, but also that they are doing so in a LEED Platinum office.
In August 2012, The Harvard Law School (HLS) Hauser Hall Basement Office Suite earned Platinum certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI), version 2009 rating system for the approximately 4,000 SF renovation carried out to accommodate the HLS Finance and Human Resources departments relocating from another Harvard owned building in Cambridge.
As the second Platinum certification for HLS, this project is a testament to the School’s commitment to sustainability and their support of Harvard’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal of reducing emissions 30% below 2006 levels by 2016, inclusive of growth. The ability of the project team to incorporate that commitment into the renovation is evidenced by the 86 points earned under the LEED rating system, which is the second highest number of points earned for a LEED-CI project at Harvard. To achieve this level the project team focused on sustainability from project conception through construction and analyzed sustainable alternatives to all materials used in construction and design.
"Hauser Hall was constructed in 1994 and won the American Institute of Architects achievement award that same year. It is notable for its curved geometry and refined details," said Sisia Daglian with Austin Architects. "The renovation of the basement for HLS Finance and Human Resources departments has been another award winning achievement for Hauser Hall - LEED Platinum for Commercial Interiors. Architecturally, the renovation honored the innate geometry of the building, as well as many of the original details and design intent. The thrust of the sustainability effort was made by careful selection and tracking of building materials, attaining 11 of the 13 credits in the Materials & Resources category including a first-time Harvard accomplishment: 2 points for Materials Reuse (MRc3.1-3.2, 10% of total material cost). The end users were enthusiastic and supportive of reusing as much of their existing casework and furniture as possible, even embracing the repurposing of original Hauser Hall doors as wall paneling."
Select project highlights include:
95% of the total percentage of construction waste was diverted from landfill.
56% of the total material value came from materials manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.
Installing occupancy sensors on lights and setting back room temperatures and ventilation rates at night and when spaces are unoccupied for a predetermined period of time.
For more information, see the HLS Hauser Basement Offices case study on the Harvard Green Building Resource.