Radford University’s Moffett Hall recently was awarded Energy Star-certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
RU now has six buildings that have earned the EPA’s symbol for superior energy efficiency. Floyd and Norwood residence halls earned Energy Star certification in 2008, and Stuart and Ingles residence halls earned the certification in 2011. Heth Hall, which houses university offices, also received Energy Star certification in 2011.
In the EPA’s evaluation, Moffett scored a 96 out of a possible 100 points on the Energy Star scale.
EPA’s Energy Star energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide and was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. The Energy Star label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, new homes and commercial and industrial buildings.
As of Jan. 1, 2014, the EPA will no longer grant Energy Star certification for residence halls.
In early November, Moffett was granted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Renovated for fall 2012, Moffett Hall primarily houses upperclassmen and is co-ed by alternating rooms that feature individual bathrooms. Moffett houses approximately 350 students.
All RU renovations are designed with sustainability in mind. Existing doors were reused when possible; low-flow toilet fixtures and shower heads were installed in all bathrooms; and bamboo, a rapidly renewable wood, was used for lounge flooring.
To learn more about the university’s sustainability activities, visit RU Sustainability.