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Panther Village earns LEED Silver certification for sustainable construction and performance

Panther Village earns LEED Silver certification for sustainable construction and performance

The University of Northern Iowa Panther Village apartments project has earned LEED Silver Certification.  The two-phase project brings apartment style living for 450 juniors and seniors to the south side of campus.  Buildings were opened for occupancy in 2012 and 2013.
LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an international sustainability standard against which building plans and performance are measured.  It is considered the most consistent measure of “green” construction.

There is certification at four levels -- Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum -- that correspond to the number of credits accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.
Joseph Tripp-Rieks, Director of Residence Facilities, provided project leadership that resulted in on-time and on-budget completion.

" The Panther Village Apartments meet traditional expectations for comfort, privacy, and convenience as well as resident expectations for sustainable buildings.  The accomplishment of obtaining LEED Silver Certification is shared by UNI Facilities Planning,  projects architects, and project contractors." he said
Building features that contributed to LEED Silver certification include:
  • Energy Recovery Wheel to retain some cooling from exhaust during the cooling season and to retain heat from the exhaust during the heating season.
  • Daylight and motion sensor lighting in shared spaces on the bridge lounges reducing electrical use
  • Independent temp control in each apartment with heating and cooling limits.
  • Bioswales to filter water run off from the building and from the parking lot.  These natural water treatment systems are obscured by landscaping around the building
  • Automated motorized shades that will activate for shading depending on the sun’s angle.
  • Green roof providing additional insulation, reduced rain water run-off, and reduced sun glare reflection