TNCC Receives Environmental Design Certification for Recent Renovation

Published: September 14, 2012

Thomas Nelson Community College received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Renovation Certification for its recent renovation of the Hampton III building. LEED certification indicates that a structure was built with special attention to human and environmental health with concentration in several areas, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. TNCC is the first within Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) to earn the certification, and the College exceeded the rating system’s requirements. . “It shows that we care about saving energy and environmental concerns,” said Mark Kramer, TNCC Director of Facilities, Planning and Capital Outlay.

The renovation left only the original foundation, structural members and exterior brick walls. Thirty-five percent of the materials used in the renovation were recycled. Twenty-two percent of all new materials were made and harvested regionally. In addition, 88 percent of the wood used was Forest Stewardship Council certified, and energy costs were modeled to be 22 percent less than code minimums. Ninety-two percent of the construction debris was diverted from landfills and reused.

Thomas Nelson’s Hampton III building houses the College’s new Nursing lab, classrooms and administrative offices.

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