The most iconic building on the UT Knoxville campus is now officially its greenest. Ayres Hall has become the first building on campus to become LEED-certified—at the silver level—by the US Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Building Institute. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for design, construction, and operation of high-performance buildings.
The New Norris House, an award-winning home developed by UT students and faculty, has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes Platinum Certification from the US Green Building Council. LEED-platinum certification is the highest standard buildings can earn as a measure of their sustainability.
Living Light, UT Knoxville’s solar-powered house, will be the focus of the January 20 meeting for professionals certified in the design of green buildings. The East Tennessee chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is sponsoring the event, which will review the design of Living Light, as well as the implementation of the house’s energy-saving techniques such as the cylindrical solar arrays, innovative double façade, and the specially designed home automation system.
The grades are out and UT Knoxville continues its leading position among the greenest universities in the Southeast, according to the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card. UT Knoxville’s B grade for 2011 puts it in the top half among Southeastern Conference universities in an annual grading report by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. UT Knoxville’s overall grade is up from a B- in 2009.