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THE GREEN RENOVATION AND EXPANSION OF THE AIKEN CENTER: A SUSTAINABLE GREEN BUILDING DESIGN, COLLABORATIVE PLANNING PROCESS AND LONG-TERM DEMONSTRATION AND RESEARCH PROJECT
nd engage the entire Aiken community, especially undergraduate students and graduate students in all aspects of planning and implementation of all of the above objectives.nd engage the entire Aiken community, especially undergraduate students and graduate students in all aspects of planning and implementation of all of the above objectives.
The Greening of Aiken building renovation and expansion will prove that a 25 year-old existing institutional building can be retrofitted and redesigned to provide a valuable example of innovative sustainable design and demonstrate energy and resource use efficiency, pollution reduction, and collaborative planning. The project will provide a living demonstration of sustainability to students, researchers and the University of Vermont and broader communities into the future. This project will be one of the first seeking platinum LEED certification that involves the renovation of an existing mixed-use building and will provide valuable data on building performance for researchers, teachers and the architectural and construction communities. The seven main objectives of the project are as follows: (1) quantify resource use loads in the existing Aiken Center; (2) identify greatest current resource uses and utilize modeling to determine efficiency pathways for the renovated/expanded Green Aiken Center; (3) utilize modeling and experimental test data to estimate the efficiency of alternative energy sources to better evaluate alternative energy as a contributor to the Green Aiken Center’s energy needs; (4) identify and install state-of-the-art high performance equipment and infrastructure to transform a sterile institutional building (existing Aiken Center) into an exciting, highly energy/water/resource efficient building that visibly teaches and demonstrates lessons of sustainability, answers research questions, and meets or exceeds platinum LEED requirements; (5) install numerous monitoring sensors in the renovated/expanded building to document performance of new vs. old materials and equipment; (6) conduct long-term building performance monitoring and compare to both pre-renovation performance and to similar modern conventional systems as well as to other Green/High performance buildings on a square-foot-for-specific–functional-use basis; and (7) involve a
One important outcome of this project will be the development of a long-term demonstration program that will provide teaching and research tools for many decades. In addition, we will develop models that will be available for others to use, present our findings to others, and are planning a book tentatively titled “The Greening of Aiken: Applying Ecological Design in a Participatory Learning Process”. We envision the Green Aiken Center becoming a nationally recognized example of how to build environmental efficiency into higher education programming.