TOWSON, Md. (Dec. 15, 2011)—Towson University's West Village Commons has achieved gold-level certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
The 85,000-square-foot space is the first TU building to receive gold-level certification, and one of seven that is either LEED-certified or in the process of becoming certified.
West Village Commons can reduce energy by 24 to 50 percent, water use by 40 percent and solid waste by 70 percent.
The building utilizes the practice of "daylighting," or allowing natural light to effectively light interior spaces, and offers water-saving features like dual-flush toilets, ultra low-flow lavatories and a storm water management plan. The space also features a “green roof,” single-stream recycling and motion-sensor lighting.
“Building improvements such as the roof garden, the organics composting system or the Energy Star kitchen equipment are just some of the visible examples of how this building promotes and achieves greater resource-use efficiency,” says Jack Nye, director of sustainability at TU.
West Village Commons was developed in accordance with the recommendations of the approved campus master plan for siting and design guidelines. The building embodies the “green” design and construction principles and performance parameters established as TU best practices required for all new construction projects on campus.