Renovation of Gutman Library Earns LEED Platinum Certification
The renovation of the first and second floor at the Gutman Library by The Harvard Graduate School of Education has received LEED Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), according to gse.harvard.edu.
The intent of the approximately 36,000 square foot first and second floor renovation of Gutman Library was to create a campus center to serve as a natural hub and campus gathering space for faculty, staff and students of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE), according to the school's website.
The Gutman Library renovation included GREEN elements such as:
- 96 percent of the total percentage of construction waste was diverted from landfill.
- 36 percent reduction in annual water use (13,950 gallons/year) when compared to EPAct 1992 baseline standard.
- Commercial kitchens, such as the one associated with The Commons at Gutman Library are typically associated with energy intensive equipment; however, the project team incorporated many energy efficient design elements into the project, such as the capture and reuse of waste heat from the refrigeration equipment to pre-heat the air supplied to the space.
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