Energy Efficiency Taught By College Facility

What does it take to beat LEED Platinum standards by three points, as scored by the U.S. Green Building Council? Students at Delaware Technical Community College campus in Georgetown, Delaware, will have the opportunity to learn all about it via The Energy House, the school’s new residential-style learning facility.

LEED scoring awards points based on its distinct categories of green design, which include water conservation, sustainable siting, and energy use. The Energy House, built by Emory Hill and Company, achieved 103 such points —  three more than required for the program’s highest level of green certification.

The Energy House

image via Delaware Technical Community College

Green features of the Energy House include stormwater management and irrigation systems; solar electricity; efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems; and flooring made from renewable resources. The facility will serve as a teaching laboratory where DelTech students will learn about green building and alternative energy systems.

The project is now complete, except for one final detail: the installation of an on-site windmill, slated for July. Final project certification is expected for late July or early August of this year.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • It is so great that this project is on a college campus where it can be studied and understood. It is easy to find examples of LEED rated buildings, but they aren’t always accessible to the public, much less a place to educate on the merits of green building. This is very exciting for Delaware Tech and for people to learn about green jobs.u00a0