Madison Hall is now Radford University's second LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold building.
Madison joins Jefferson Hall, which received LEED Gold status in 2012, to mark another achievement in the university's sustainability initiatives. With 62 points, Madison cleared the barrier for Gold certification. The highest level of LEED certification, platinum, requires an 80-point score.
"It is a pleasure to work at Radford University, where constructing LEED buildings is one of RU’s standards," said Paul Ely, capital outlay projects manager. "Having students live in a LEED Gold building is a wonderful way to educate the next generation of leaders."
LEED is a voluntary program that provides verification of green buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council. According to the USGBC, LEED-certified buildings lower operating costs, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, reduce waste sent to landfills, are healthier for occupants and conserve energy and water.
The renovations of Jefferson and Madison halls were completed in 2011 and included installation of air conditioning, fire protection and sprinkler systems as well as upgraded electrical and plumbing systems.
Madison now incorporates numerous sustainable strategies, such as use of renewable bamboo flooring and responsibly harvested wood as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. To maximize water and energy conservation, Jefferson uses low-flow toilets, sinks and showers, and energy recovery equipment to recapture heat from air before it is exhausted from the building. Water savings are projected to be 493,500 gallons annually. Further, the building's high-efficiency chiller operates 15 percent more efficiently than building codes require