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Prindle Institue wins LEED award

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Photo by Susan Fleck
The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics recently earned a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) New Construction Gold 2.2 rating by the American Institute for Architects Indiana during the 2008 Design Awards. It is the first new building to achieve gold.

"DePauw wanted to set an example for environmental ethics," said Randy Schumacher of CSO Architects.

The building was designed to minimize impact on the environment. Among its environmental features: ponds were created to clean storm water naturally; native Indiana plants requiring less irrigation; Indiana limestone was utilized; and recycled content -- steel and concrete containing flyash -- was used in the building.

During construction, multiple dumpsters were used to divert landfill waste, earning them two LEED points.

Schumacher, architect for the project, said the building is very "user friendly making the environment comfortable."

The walls have R-value or high insulation value to conserve a great deal of daylight. The windows are designed to let in light for less dependence on artificial lighting.

"The air quality in the building is very good," said Schumacher.

The building was flushed with fresh air for roughly two weeks before it was occupied.

The idea was to purge it of the "new building smell," which is very unhealthy, Schumacher continued.

Cost of constructing a "green" building varies from project to project, said Schumacher, but there is usually a half to three percent difference in price.

"It (building green) is becoming a movement," said Schumacher.

There are numerous architects using green designs out of good practice, he said. Contractors can create green buildings more efficiently.

The built environment has a profound effect on the natural environment, states U.S. Green Building Council.

In the United States, buildings account for 72 percent of electricity consumption; 39 percent of energy use; 38 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions; 40 percent of raw material use; 30 percent of waste output (136 million tons annually); and 14 percent of potable water consumption.

Homeowners can go green on the cheap. Visit www.greenhomeguide.org for a list of several projects that will help save money and the environment.

The Prindle Institute is located in the DePauw Nature Park and was made possible by a gift to DePauw by Janet W. Prindle, a 1958 graduate of the university.

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What a great thing to have right here in Greencastle! Thanks, BG, for sharing a positive story with your readers.

Maybe the contractors in town will start to look into going green without ripping more green out of clients' pockets?

-- Posted by MsBehaving on Wed, Nov 19, 2008, at 11:20 AM

I can't wait to see it!! Nice Job DePauw and Randy Schumacher of CSO Architects. It looks fantastic from the picture. Excellent way of promoting Green building in our community. and Above all , Thank you to the Prindle Institute for its creation. I do enjoy that park when I am at home. And Thank you BG for spotlighting it.

-- Posted by Afghan Contractor on Wed, Nov 19, 2008, at 6:30 PM

wouldn't it have been "more" ethical to donate the money to be used to help the low income of putnam county, in someway, and wouldn't it be more green to not build and leave the earth natural? i thought buildings that taught ethics, were called churches, temples, etc. Its hard for me to understand why you would need a study of ethics, when in common sense, ethics is about moral values, and shouldn't that be taught before you go to college, by family, and whats happened to common sense? If you had that kind of money to donate, and you were basing it on your commitment to ethics...give it to the poor. People are struggling in this nation to survive economically, and we have those that think its ethical to spend money for a green building that is serene and flushed with clean air to studying ethics in.

-- Posted by PmL on Thu, Nov 20, 2008, at 8:52 AM

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