Buildings

Buildings
Paul College aerial view

LEED

2 LEED Gold buildings and 1 Silver


75%

75% of buildings use light sensors


1st

First campus in the US to receive USEPA ENERGY STAR rating for residence halls


Buildings

UNH is committed to being sustainable in its building design and construction, and operations. In 2006, UNH was the first campus in the US to receive the USEPA ENERGY STAR rating for residence halls. To date, UNH has two LEED Gold buildings, James Hall and the Paul College of Business and Economics, and one LEED Silver equivalent building, DeMerrit Hall.

James Hall
Seeking Community Input on Climate Action!

Energy used in our buildings is a key component of our WildCAP plan. We are currently seeking comment and input on the elements of WildCAP 2021.

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Learn more about our efforts:

  • UNH Planning, Design and Construction Guidelines provide general instructions to designers in the planning and preparation of construction documents, as well as general guidance to construction professionals working on projects for the University. The purpose is to ensure a minimum standard of quality, durability, consistency, maintainability, and sustainability in building and infrastructure design and construction. 
  • As part of its American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment pledgeUNH has made a commitment to achieve the equivalent of U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver for new construction and major renovations, including the formal commissioning of each new project. The guidelines alone provide the equivalent to at least a LEED basic certified level. Each new project is expected to develop a set of sustainable design objectives specific to that project above and beyond what is in the guidelines.

The UNH Planning, Design and Construction Guidelines describe that attention must be given to the proper sorting and recycling of construction and demolition materials. 

For example, in 2009-2010, UNH Facilities Design & Construction and Shawmut Design & Construction used a waste reduction plan, in concert with the LEED-NC 2.2 Submittal Template MR Credit 2.1/2,2: Construction Waste Management, for the renovation of James Hall.

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) in collaboration with the Sustainability Institute and UNH Facilities has developed an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management Plan to assist in providing UNH faculty, staff, students, guests, and visitors indoor environments which are free of airborne contaminants. The IAQ Management Plan is a pro-active program where building occupants can participate through education and outreach to identify potential sources of pollutants and implement corrective actions to eliminate them. Through a concerted effort by building stakeholders, Facilities Operations, Campus Energy and OEHS, this pro-active plan is designed to educate and inform the community about addressing IAQ concerns in the workplace.

While most IAQ complaints revolve around strange odors or non-specific symptoms, some are the result of a potentially hazardous source. Identifying the underlying cause(s) can be very simple or extremely challenging as there can be many variables in play including potential sources, building functions, mechanical systems, and varying individual sensitivities.

While this program is voluntary in nature, OEHS encourages our stakeholders to contact us for more information and to schedule an appointment with our IAQ representatives to meet and further discuss the details of the plan.

Resources

NH submeters every building for its consumption of electricity, natural gas, domestic cold water, hot water heat, steam heat, chilled water cooling. We capture heat and cooling meters through our central energy management system. The 600 meters are manually read each month, while a radio metering system captures the readings real-time and displays to the public at energy.sr.unh.edu/graph/.

Temperature Control

UNH utilizes an energy management system featuring Andover controls (TAC) that allows the UNH energy office to monitor and adjust building energy systems based on automatic occupancy sensors, classroom scheduling, and other devices that trigger the equipment to turn off or ramp down in energy use to minimize consumption. All core campus buildings are tied to our energy management system, which increases and decreases temperatures based on occupancy and time schedules. Typical spaces are heated from 7am-10pm as a maximum M-F and off on weekends. We also use sensors to turn off space heating in some areas. For classrooms, we use the schedule from the registrar’s office to also shut down spaces when unused. If someone is in the space when the system is off, they have an override button that will give them 2 hours of heat. For areas not on the core campus, we employ programmable thermostats which mimic the normal hours for the space. 

Lighting

Light sensors are used in over 75% of campus buildings ranging from occupancy sensors in office, bathrooms, classrooms, etc to daylighting controls that reduce light output based on incoming natural light through windows. Our occupancy standard is Wattstopper brand sensors and other systems have been utilized to control corridors, daylighting, and A/V controls such as Lutron and Square D. More information is available in Section 16510 and Section 16530 of the UNH Planning, Design and Construction Guidelines.