LEED Rating System: LEED-NC


Date Completed: December, 2008

By choosing to reuse a significant portion of the existing building, selecting low flow water fixtures, specifying low emitting paints and materials, designing day-lit spaces, earning 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, commons areas, and studios for the Fellows of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. This three-story building has undergone a complete renovation to accommodate the new requirements for the building use. The ground floor is open to include 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 marks 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 any 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.

The project used LEED for New Construction, version 2.2 to guide and certify green design elements. The Gold certification is a testament to the commitment of the Radcliffe Institute and the design team.

Project Highlights:

  • 44% Ground source heat pumps/geothermal are used, which is 44% more efficient than air-cooled pumps.
  • 85.8% diversion of construction waste away from landfills
  • 90% of the building is reused, keeping down costs and reducing environmental impact.
  • 40% water reduction with new dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals, and low flow showers and sinks.
  • A real-time utility display monitor in the lobby shows tenants how much energy and water the building is are using, in real time.

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