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As part of the ACUPCC, Centre pledges that all new buildings and major renovations are designed and built to conserve energy and enhance the human environment.

Since 2007, the College has completed four major construction projects that meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards. Common practices include installing variable irrigation systems; low-flow shower heads, lavatories and sinks, and dual-flush toilets; and controls for lighting, heating and cooling; the use of non-toxic paints, adhesives and sealants; carpeting that meets the requirements of Green Label Plus carpeting; the presence of recycling containers throughout the building; the use of efficient, front-loading washing machines; the incorporation of building materials that come from recycled sources or are harvested regionally; and a geothermal heating and cooling system.

Brockman Commons

Brockman Commons has geothermal heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and the first solar powered trash compactor on campus. The residential housing complex is certified LEED Silver.

Campus Center

campus center

The Campus Center is certified LEED Silver.

Norton Center for the Arts

The Norton Center for the Arts

The Norton Center for the Arts qualifies for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for an existing structure.

Olin Hall

Olin Hall
In the spring of 2012 the energy management system at Olin Hall was updated. Also a 23-year-old chiller was replaced by a new system with turbocor compressors that are 20-30% more energy efficient.

Pearl Hall

pearl_hallPearl Hall is Kentucky’s first LEED Gold-awarded building and has the highest LEED rating for any residential facility in the state.

Stone Guest Cottage

Stone Guest Cottage

In the spring of 2013, high efficiency furnaces and air conditioner systems are were installed at the Stone Guest Cottage.

Young Hall

Young Hall

Young Hall is certified LEED Gold.

Future building projects

In 2009, Centre’s facilities management department began using the SchoolDude software system to track utilities used by each building and each utility meter. This system allows Centre to readily identify the most and least energy-efficient buildings. From this information, future plans can be developed to improve or replace inefficient buildings.