LEED Certification


UAH Charger Village Residence Hall

LEED Certification

The 400-bed residence hall was designed and constructed to achieve LEED Certification through the use of sustainable practices.

Sustainable Features

  • Building located within ¼ mile of three bus line stops to encourage use of public transportation and to reduce individual vehicle demand.
  • Secure, covered bicycle storage provided to encourage bike riding and to reduce individual vehicle demand.
  • Hardscape areas designed with light colored pavers to reduce heat-island effect.
  • Low reflective roofing material used to reduce heat-island effect.
  • Irrigation system designed to use 60% less water than other buildings. Smart irrigation controllers with cycle and soak functions shorten the watering time and minimize run off. A rain sensor disables the system during and after a rain event.
  • Potable water demand is reduced by more than 30% through the use of low-flow lavatories, showers, sink faucets, and toilets.
  • More than 20% of the building materials contain post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content.  Materials with recycled content include steel, concrete, precast panels, brick, metal roofing, sheetrock, acoustical ceilings, wood doors, windows, and carpeting.
  • Nearly 1/3 of all the materials used to construct this facility were harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the building location.
  • This facility uses adhesives, sealants, flooring systems, and paints that emit a minimal amount of VOC's in the air, significantly reducing harmful indoor air contaminants.
  • Energy-efficient mechanical and lighting systems are provided to save energy costs and reduce overall utility demand.
  • Individual comfort controls are provided to control the temperature and lighting of each space.
  • 99% of occupied areas have windows with views to the exterior.