Solar Covered Kroon Hall Goes Platinum

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Kroon Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, has been awarded Platinum certification, according to the Office of Public Affairs of Yale University.  Kroon Hall was designed to use 81% less water and 58% less energy than a comparable building, helping it receive a total of 59 LEED points.  With the help of a massive and beautiful solar array, about 25% of this building's electricity should be generated on-site, too. 

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This LEED Platinum facility was designed by Hopkins Architects and Planners in collaboration with Centerbrook Architects and Atelier Ten Environmental Designers.

At Kroon Hall, waste water is collected from sinks and showers for use in the toilets and irrigation.  Stormwater is also collected from the roof and grounds and filtered through native aquatic plants. 

In addition, solar hot water is used to heat 50% of potable water, while the photovoltaic array provides roughly 25% of the building's electricity.  

In terms of materials, 80% of the timber used was FSC certified, while 16% of purchased materials contain recycled content and 34% of purchased materials came from regional sources. 

Showing true commitment, the project team received all available points in the water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, and indoor environmental quality sections of LEED certification.  There's no doubt that Kroon Hall is one of the greenest buildings we've seen as it prioritizes not only efficiency and energy, but material use, water use, and air quality, too.  

[+] Kroon Hall: Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

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Photo credits (from top to bottom): Morley von Sternberg/Centerbook (1, 4-6); Hopkins Architects (2); Robert Benson (3).


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