SDS Design Wins Three Awards
The new Energy Education Center at Chippewa Valley Technical College, which was designed by SDS Architects, has been recognized this spring by three organizations for energy efficiency and green features, receiving awards from the U.S. Green Building Council, Focus on Energy, and the City of Eau Claire.
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Energy Education Center LEED Gold certification, the first LEED Gold Certified building in the Chippewa Valley. Tom Huffcutt, Vice President of Operations at CVTC says, “CVTC’s recently completed Energy Education Center was awarded LEED Gold Certification, thanks in large part to SDS’s leadership.”
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recognizes buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. There are four levels of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Certified.
Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program, has selected the EEC as a 2016 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award Winner. Focus on Energy joined the USBGC in recognizing the commitment to energy efficient practices demonstrated by the EEC project. CVTC and SDS Architects worked with the Focus on Energy Design Assistance Program in formulating plans for the EEC in 2015.
The first ever Sustainable Eau Claire Awards recognized individuals, businesses, and organizations committed to creating a more sustainable Eau Claire. The awards are meant to encourage all residents, businesses, community groups, and non-profits to implement similar sustainable actions. SDS Architects was awarded the Environmental Education award for 2016 for their work on the CVTC Energy Education Center.
The Energy Education Center was carefully designed with features such as geothermal heating and cooling, with wind and solar energy units assisting to help meet the building’s overall energy needs. Extensive use of windows make maximum use of natural light to supplement the high-efficiency LED lighting. Chilled beams in the high ceilings and in-floor heating in the perimeter of the building’s concrete slab produce a natural air circulation system by convection. Building material selection was also made with green principles in mind; even the carpet was produced from recycled fibers.
The building has increased insulation and special window glazing systems to reduce the cooling load by lowering the solar heat gain.