MARQUETTE, MI — Northern Michigan University
(NMU) has now received its third certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) with the recent Silver certification of Hunt Hall, according to The North Wind.
The new certification became final in July 2010 when Hunt Hall received certification at the Silver level, which falls second in a list of four possible levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum, the article noted.
"One of the goals stated in the President''s Roadmap to 2015
is for NMU to be a model community for sustainable education and practices," said Carl Holm, the director of housing and residence life.
"One of the priorities stated for that goal was to seek LEED certification on all capital projects," Holm added.
According to the article, the Housing and Residence Life Office
headed the building project, with help from the University''s Engineering and Planning Department
, local architectural firm Integrated Design
, local contractors Closner Constructing
and Dresseler Mechanical, and S&T Electrical
Some of the new features in Hunt Hall include a multi-valve handle on the toilet and valves on the shower heads, both of which reduce water usage: The new toilet handles move both ways — pushing the handle up results in only a half-gallon of water being used, while pushing down results in one and one-half gallons being used, the article stated.